Chopin

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Mischa Levitzki (piano) Complete HMV Recordings (APR)

Lots to enjoy from this pianist who died too young [RCh]

Chopin: Études Op.10 & 25 (Decca)

Spectacular in every respect [SG]

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Chopin: Études (Decca)

These Études aspire to a narrative unlike any other recording ever made – and is often remarkable in doing that [MB]

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Mischa Levitzki (piano): Complete HMV Recordings (APR)

This splendid twofer just shouldn’t be missed [SG]

Chopin: Nocturnes (Hyperion)

(Déjà Review) A Chopin player of decided viewpoints [JW]

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Youri Egorov (piano) 1977 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (DeHaan Records)

A welcome addition to the Egorov discography [SG]

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Chopin: Piano Sonata 3 (Warner Classics)

Arrau’s Chopin enjoys something of classic status, and here are two perfect examples of why this is so [CC]

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Hermann: Complete Surviving Music Vol. 3 (Toccata Classics)

A fitting finale to the three-volume Hermann series; a carousel of small pleasures [JW]

Chopin: Reminiscences (Linn)

(Déjà Review) It depends on whether you’re a fan of Pizarro, or his personal selection [TH]

Chopin: Chopin Project (CD Accord)

Intriguing and consistently well performed arrangements for cello quartet [RM]

Dans nos yeux  – recital (Warner Classics)

Crossover, yes, but don’t let that deter you from some very enjoyable music [DJB]

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The Degenhof Sessions (Genuin)

A wonderfully entertaining programme with some real treats [RCh}

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Claudio Arrau (piano) The Early Years (Marston)

(Déjà Review) No Arrau admirer would want to be without it [JW]

Popper: Complete Transcriptions for Violoncello and Piano (Paladino Music)

A valuable addition to the Popper discography and a chance to hear a Hubay rarity [RCh]

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Andrea Bacchetti (piano): In Concert (Monarda Music)

More than just a souvenir of a fine recital [DC]

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Shura Cherkassky (piano): The Complete 78-rpm Recordings 1923-1950 (APR)

An opportunity to savour Cherkassy’s seductive magic [SG]

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Chopin: Piano Works (DeHaan Records)

Superlative playing – a valuable addition to the Egorov discography [SG]

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The Forgotten Danish Pianist Arne Skjold Rasmussen (Danacord)

Forgotten but Restored: the art of a fluent, fleet but nervous Danish pianist and Nielsen specialist [JW]

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Wilhelm Backhaus (piano) Complete Acoustic & Selected Electric Recordings (APR)

A wonderful completion of APR’s series exploring Backhaus’ exciting early recording career [RCh]

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Chopin: Etudes (Harmonia Mundi)

Chiu possesses a melting tone and a high level of musicianship [CC]

Kathleen Parlow (violin): Complete Recordings (Biddulph)

A long overdue salute to an overlooked Auer student and a Canadian violinist of technical polish [JW]

Wilhelm Backhaus (piano) The Complete Acoustic and Selected Electric Recordings (APR)

Backhaus’s earliest recordings reappear, in largely pre-existing restorations, to renewed triumph [JW]

Shura Cherkassky (piano) Complete Recordings (APR)

Astonishing playing from a giant of the piano world [RCh]

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Chopin: Robert Lortat – Complete recordings (APR)

Muscular and occasionally idiosyncratic playing from the latest discovery in APR’s French Piano School collection [RCh]