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Berkshire Eagle
'From the opening flight of melody, Fliter took you to places you never expected to go in this well-worn work, and made you glad you went. Her way with melody was glistening; her freedom with phrase and rhythm was luxurious.'
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Classics Today
4 Stars
'Ingrid Fliter remains an undeniably talented Chopin interpreter.'
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YLE Klassinen
'Jo pelkästään preludien ansiosta nostan Fliterin levyn yhdeksi viime vuosien parhaista Chopin-levytyksistä...'
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AllMusic
4 Stars
'compelling'
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Fono Forum
5 Stars
TIPP: ,,Hier ist eine genuine Chopin-Interpretin zu erleben, die sowohl in der Detaildarstellung als auch in der Gesamtkonzeption durch ihr gleichermaßen poetisch sensibles wie brillantes Spielbedingungslos überzeugt.''
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Piano News
‚‚Fliter ist wirklich eine große Chopin-Interpretin!"
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BBC Radio 3 ‘CD Review’
'Lovely...I enjoyed the whole set.'
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Audiophile Audition
4 Stars
'Ingrid Fliter imaginative and poetically realizes the Rosetta Stone of Chopin's Preludes, along with lucid mazurkas and two nocturnes.'
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Philly.com
'Pianist of the Year':'...the Argentine seems to be at a new level of depth and individuality. The fingers are as dazzling as ever...'
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Big Issue
'She strikes a wonderful balance between tenderness and steel, suppleness and brawn, straight-back dignity and the melancholy of longing. It's personal, timeless playing that sings from the heart.'
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BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
‘…[Fliter] brings a powerful and individual voice to the Preludes...The Mazurkas are excellently judged…The two Nocturnes end the CD on a poetic note…’
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SvD Kultur
'En verklig pärla bland tolkningarna...'
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Gramophone
Recording of the Month: ‘Fliter draws so much from the music…She is a virtuoso of the first order…a gem of a disc.’
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MusicWeb International
'In the swifter preludes she is often impressively virtuosic...the five mazurkas and two preludes are superbly done.'
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Gramophone
Top 10 Chopin recordings: 'Fliter seems to be able to achieve individuality seemingly effortlessly.'
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The Telegraph
5 Stars
'Lyrical gifts are manifest throughout a gorgeous disc...'
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Classical Candor
'Overall, this is one of the best, most-thoughtful, most-cohesive realizations of the Op. 28 Preludes I've heard.'
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Hi-Fi News
Album Choice: 'Boldly individual she's particularly thoughtful in the quiet tracks, while in, say, the thunderous F-minor (no.18) you never feel that her powerful sound will run out of reserves.'
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Classical CD Review
'Her reading of the Op. 28 Preludes surely is impressive, and the mazurkas have just the right lilt.'
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The Times
'The 24 Preludes of Op. 28 roll by with the sensitivity that is always Fliter’s hallmark...'
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Sinfini Music
4 Stars
Norman Lebrecht Album of the Week: 'Some miraculous moments and a point of view that's as distinctive as it is persuasive sets Ingrid Fliter's Chopin apart from the competition.'
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SA-CD.net
4 Stars
'Fliter, and this follow-up recital continues to shows her to be a performer of great distinction in Chopin's solo piano works.'
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The Scotsman
4 Stars
'Fliter elicits all their respective characters with a poetic touch and engaging charm...overall it's a delight.'
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The Guardian
'...a torrential account of the B flat minor prelude, as exciting as any I've ever heard, and a fiercely dramatic one of the F minor, both performances that get well rewarded for the risks they take.'
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Piano News
'Ein reicher Ton – niemals dominant oder überzogen, eher elegant und transparent – kennzeichnet ihr Spiel...Und so gestaltet sie bezaubernd lyrische momente in der Musik.'
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Classics Today
'Pianistically speaking, Ingrid Fliter's clean technique, pearly runs, and penchant for coaxing out inner voices are lovely to behold.'
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MusicWeb International
Recording of the Month: 'Fliter's disc is a winner all-round, however, and its freshness, clarity and beauty means that it's the one I'll be coming back to most readily when next I want to hear these works.'
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Fono Forum
5 Stars
'...ist einfach beglückend.'
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Pizzicato
4 Stars
'Fliter is an outstanding performer in both of Chopin’s Concertos, and her sonorous though also poetic playing is complemented by a very transparent [and] rhetoric orchestral sound.'
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Classical Ear
5 Stars
'Fliter has the strength that allows her the utmost refinement...With the always excellent SCO, ex-EMI producer John Fraser in charge, and impeccable Linn sound in Edinburgh's Usher Hall, this should certainly be snapped up.'
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The Guardian
'Fliter's excitingly grand, more "old-fashioned" playing is perfectly etched against alert orchestral accompaniments from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.'
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Classics Today (France)
4½ Stars
'Oui, il y a des digressions rêveuses dans le 1er volet du 2e Concerto, mais elles ne sont pas doucereuses. On en vient donc à remarquer davantage les qualités de Fliter, notamment son jeu perlé et le vrai contrôle du son.'
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Klara
4 Stars
'Maar toch zijn dit heel persoonlijke interpretaties geworden, waarin Ingrid Fliter het verschil maakt door haar heerlijk vrije pianospel (bij momenten lijkt ze de muziek wel terplekke te improviseren) en door de sprankelende virtuositeit en het jeugdige elan waarmee ze deze concerto’s aanpakt (dit zijn tenslotte jeugdwerken van een 19- en 20-jarige Chopin!).'
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International Record Review
'Pieces we all thought we knew inside out are here presented in a remarkably new light.'
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ConcertoNet
'L’interprétation d’Ingrid Fliter extériorise davantage l’émotion...'
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Ming Pao Weekly
‘Fliter has a superb sense of line, dynamic and rich colour variations that come naturally…’
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BBC Radio 3 'CD Review'
'Disc of the Week': 'It’s wonderful when you realize Fliter achieves so much by emphasizing Chopin’s inwardness, the intimacy...'
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MusicWeb International
'Fliter and Märkl make an excellent and responsive partnership...'
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AllMusic
4½ Stars
'...this splendid recording reaffirms her affinity with this composer and promises more excellent performances for Linn.'
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Sinfini Music
5 Stars
'And her phrasing! That is a thing of immense subtlety and beauty, as is the liquid ease of the more virtuoso passages.'
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The Sunday Times
'Fliter's beautifully considered accounts of the two Chopin concertos...reveal a sensibility of rare emotional refinement and high Romantic instincts.'
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The Telegraph
5 Stars
‘Ingrid Fliter was born to play Chopin with power and passion and is completely at one with the music's demands of agility, vim and vigour.’
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MusicWeb International
‘There’s plenty of bravura and power in the outer movements without any sense of showing off and there’s poetry in the slow movements…’
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The Scotsman
4 Stars
'The solo playing is exquisite, liquidly expressive in the slow movements, firm-toned but dance-like and deliciously pliable in the faster ones.'
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The Big Issue
‘Argentinian pianist Ingrid Fliter brings a light touch, fresh spirit and beguiling sensitivity to her new recording of Chopin piano concertos…’
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My Classical Notes
'The Scottish Chamber Orchestra's beautifully delicate playing perfectly highlights Fliter's authoritative and expressive performance.'
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Gramophone
Choice: 'Fliter plays with such grace and heartfelt sincerity...'
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Classic FM
Album of the Weekend: 'It's a breathtaking performance...'
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BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
'The outer movements of both Concertos have an authoritative confidence and are often coloured with beautifully judged dynamic shading, while the slow movements, especially of No. 2, are beautifully poised and poetic.’
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The Guardian
4 Stars
‘This is very much Chopin playing in the great tradition: rich-toned, generous though never profligate with its rubato, and invested with a vast range of keyboard colour.’
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SA-CD.net
4½ Stars
‘The scintillating performances of the outer movements of these two concertos exemplify this pianist's immaculate technique and excellent musicianship.’
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Classic FM
Album of the Week: ‘It’s a breathtaking performance.'
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The West Australian
'Her dynamic control was captivating'
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The Australian Telegraph
'Chopin at his most lyrical and poignant...'
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Ingrid Fliter - Chopin (Live Review)


07 April 2016
The Telegraph
Ivan Hewitt
4 Stars

Unless you're a confirmed Chopin obsessive, all-Chopin piano recitals can be hard to enjoy. Those frustratingly short pieces, that storm and stress exploding out of nowhere, all that glittery right-hand swirling, as if the soul of a particularly show-off soprano had somehow invaded the strings and keys of the piano.

Last night's recital from 42 year-old Argentinian pianist Ingrid Fliter was especially vulnerable to those negative feelings. In the second half she played all 24 of Chopin's Preludes, some of which last less than a minute. The first half had nothing larger than the 11-minute Scherzo in E major. Yet the overall impression was of something weighty and significant. 

Over the last two decades Fliter has risen to the top rank of Chopin players, and this recital showed why. Part of her secret is simply a wondrous ability to float a melody over a supporting left hand with perfect grace, as she did in the opening piece, the well-known B major Mazurka. The swaying figures in the accompaniment seemed as eloquent as the melody itself, so tenderly did she weigh each note. 

Chopin's pieces often have an ambiguous moment where one mood gives way to something vastly different, such as the one between the desperately sad opening of the 41st Mazurka in C sharp minor and the carefree middle section.

Fliter managed this turn so eloquently that it became the most telling moment in the whole performance (and it left a shadow on the central ball-room waltz, which no longer seemed so innocent).

There were many moments like these, such as the unexpectedly long pause followed by a surge of tone at the end of the D flat major Nocturne. It made this intimate piece seem strangely mighty (too strange for some members of the audience, who got confused and applauded before the end). 

At the opening of the Fourth Scherzo, the space between the dancing shapes on top and the massive bass note that punctuates them - placed by Fliter with massive decisiveness - was even vaster the second time round. Fliter is alert to the way Chopin's pieces gather their maximum weight at the end, and she made sure we felt that sense of iron fatality too. 

Fliter's Chopin has a strong flavour which won't be to everyone's taste, and she can seem a mite over-controlled at times. But the intelligence and passion of her playing are beyond dispute.


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