2021-09-30 11:20:27 UTC
12 Études, Op 25 (1832-36) [32:42]
4 Scherzi (1831-43) [43:05]
Beatrice Rana (piano)
rec. January 2020 (Études) & February 2021 (Scherzi), Teldex Studio, Berlin
WARNER CLASSICS 9029676424 [75:47]
"There is no prescribed way to play Chopin and I definitely enjoy hearing different approaches, relishing how Rana seems to emphasise the Romantic elements of the writing and creating a broad palette of colour. Rana’s formidable technique is striking throughout, a quality exceeded only by her musical acumen and love for the works." Michael Cookson (Musicweb)
I never was a great fan of Rana's Chopin. This time it's different, and I agree with Cookson. Nevertheless, I sometimes wonder when listening to her: can a performer have too much technique? Should the études and scherzi sound as effortless as she makes them sound?
After Rana it is hard to look forward to 150 or so Chopin recitals by youngsters who try to become one of the finalists in Warsaw this month.