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|Frederic Chopin, Adam Harasiewicz|
Chopin: 21 Nocturnes; 26 Préludes
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A very very average work!
Vivek Venkatesan | Cary, NC | 02/03/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is a very average interpretation of Chopin's nocturnes. I was actually surprised to hear the melody being completely drowned by harmony at times! You'd expect a seasoned performer to do a much better job!
I own Nocturne sets by Rubinstein, Arrau and Barenboim and I prefer them in that order. I wouldn't want to list this work in my list. Sorry.
For Chopin lovers, to be sure...
alfredcortot | 06/12/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For some reason I just had a distinct urge to seek out some of this composer's material and ended up buying this solid representation of his work. It seems that all the well-known Nocturnes are here along with what appears to be the complete set of Preludes. That's quite amazing considering that this 2-CD set was under $20 when I bought it. As for the pianist, Harasiewicz may not be as widely recognized as other highly renowned Chopin experts, but his balanced, thoughtful playing gives me the feeling that he shouldn't have been overlooked from the start. This is a wonderful collection of some of the finest piano music ever composed. I'm grateful to have picked it up at all."
alfredcortot | 10/09/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This Nocturnes and Préludes set is very good. If you are trying to familiarize with Chopin music this is a nice begining. Also if you are already familiarized, you will found a very highly performance. The Nocturnes are play with great sense, color and balance (just two of the set [stinks]: the 3 and 14.. I can't understand why Harasiewicz give us such a bad performance of this two). The Best set is Arrau's, and this fallow very close. About the Prélues, they're just great. The less satisfactory is the 24th, but even in this Prélude he made a great things. Harasiewicz is very poetical and in control here too. Great Set and Great Price!"