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Chopin Piano Sonatas - The Sunday Times


02 April 2006
The Sunday Times
3 Stars

Used to a more classical conception of the great Barcarolle, I found Pizarro's generously pedalled account at first a little self-conscious. Yet it is hard not to be swept along by his torrential but sensitively voiced Chopin interpretations. It is like Chopin played by Liszt. There is a wide variety of colour and touch (as well as a huge energy) - the Second Sonata's funeral march exceptionally austere, its opening movement clangorous and impulsive. The B minor sonata (Op 58) - Chopin at the peak of his genius - is done with a driving force that yet allows its melodic inspirations rich scope.


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