Chopin - Piano Sonatas 2 & 3, Barcarolle, Nocturne | Deutsche Grammophon 4863438

Chopin - Piano Sonatas 2 & 3, Barcarolle, Nocturne


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Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Cat No: 4863438

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 3rd March 2023



Rafał Blechacz has been deeply associated with the music of Fryderyk Chopin across his whole career. His devotion to the music of his great compatriot began long before 2005 when he won the Warsaw Chopin Competition. Blechacz complements the two large works with Chopinís haunting F sharp minor Nocturne and his exquisite Barcarolle.

On the recording he has placed the Nocturne in F sharp minor, op.48 no.2, between the sonatas and added the Barcarolle to conclude the album. He points to a particular harmonic progression which is shared between the restless, foreboding Nocturne and a moment in the Sonata no.2ís first movement (Ďone bar is almost exactly the same,í he says). As for the Sonata no.3 and the Barcarolle, these share the powerful influence of Italian bel canto opera, which had been crucial to Chopin ever since his student days in Warsaw, when he fell in love with a young singer; he remained passionate about opera for the rest of his life.


Blechacz is simply a great Chopin player. You might disagree about some of his choices (dynamics, phrasing, etc) but what he gives you is his compatriotís music in robust, intense and heartfelt performances that engage you as a great actor might in some dramatic monologue. ... The recital ends with the Barcarolle, a final reading achieved, like all the others on this outstanding recording, only by long association and deep affection.  Jeremy Nicholas
Gramophone April 2023
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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