Garrick Ohlsson - The Complete Chopin Piano Works Vol. 8 - Masterpieces & Miniatures
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For the most part, compilation CDs drive me to distraction. Bits and pieces of this and that, you know how it is. But in Volume 8 of Arabesque's Chopin traversal ("Masterpieces and Miniatures"), quite the contrary is true; not one work is off the mark in this dedicated "whole." Listening to Ohlsson play is to hear these pieces as if for the first time. There's more insight, more tenderness, more genuine sparkle than you can shake a stick at.
What immediately, and excitedly, comes to mind is his rather unorthodox conception of the lovely Berceuse, Op. 57. Not only is this the longest interpretation I've ever heard (5:52), but it is also the most ravishingly seductive, caressing, nurturing and beautiful. (This is no lullaby for children--- not played as hauntingly as this! No. This is a calmative for adults. Valium! Get thee behind me!) For Mr. Ohlsson's rendition of this piece, alone, the CD is well worth buying. The Barcarolle, Op. 60, too, is as mesmerizingly seductive as...
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