To celebrate the 70th birthday of Brazilian maestro Nelson Freire, Warner Classics re-issue his celebrated Telefunken Chopin recordings (1974-1976). Nelson Freire gives a reserved reading full of depth and with no theatrical displays of Chopin’s Nocturnes, Berceuse, Prelude op. 45, Ecossaises, Heroic Polonaise, Ballade in A-flat and Scherzi (complete). The Brazilian maestro plays with impressive speed and technical fluency, amazing tonal depth and clarity, beautiful tone, poetic lyrical legato, steady and unexaggerated rhythmic pulse – luminous glowing sound, crisp articulation, magical pedalling and subtle dynamic shadings. His exquisitely poised voicing and arched phrasing are a marvel. A master pianist.
Nocturne No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 9 No. 1
Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9 No. 2
Nocturne No. 9 in B major, Op. 32 No. 1
Nocturne No. 19 in E minor, Op. 72 No. 1
Nocturne No. 20 in C sharp minor, Op. post.
Nocturne No. 4 in F major, Op. 15 No. 1
Nocturne No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 15 No. 2
Nocturne No. 6 in G minor, Op. 15 No. 3
Nocturne No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 1
Nocturne No. 8 in D flat major, Op. 27 No. 2
Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49
Scherzi Nos. 1-4
Polonaise No. 6 in A flat major, Op. 53 'Héroïque'