Having explored the music of Schumann in three previous much-lauded recordings, Imogen Cooper now turns to the music of Chopin. Combining some of his greatest works, this album is a recital in itself.
The experience and emotional wisdom that complement her prodigious virtuosity has brought her to re-explore this often-played repertoire. As she explains: 'Chopin is surely one of the most intriguing composers we know. Fabulous writing for the piano, a complex and rich harmonic world, melody, garlands of sensuous and quicksilver sound, passion and of course the perfect vehicle for showing off pianism. For all these reasons, but above all for the last, we go through a crash course in our student years, his huge body of work keeping us constant company and teaching us the ropes as we take our first steps in becoming a pianist. The challenge comes in adult years when, as in all repertoire, we need to rethink, and to find solutions that probably eluded us earlier.'
Wait! Check out these reviews...
Imogen Cooper injects every note with strength of personality. Performance ***** Recording ***** BBC MUSIC INSTRUMENTAL CHOICE --BBC Music Magazine, Sept'16
In an age of fighter-pianists prattling off Chopin before breakfast, this is an enlightening release. Imogen Cooper epitomises all that is refined, tasteful and thought-out. She's not obsessed with past masters. She wants to know Chopin himself, reaching for, as she puts it, the suffering (and not always sympathetic, let us be honest) man and poet. The heart of the text cleansed and pure, the nuts-and-bolts of the world he shaped and journeyed, is her grail. She has no time for the byroads, the cul-de-sacs, of handed-down tradition, nor the pitfalls of imitation. ***** --Classical Source, aug'16
This is intelligent music-making of the highest order and,with a total duration of 80 minutes,real value for money. ***** --International Piano, Sept / Oct'16