Frederic Chopin: Demidenko Plays Chopin (Onyx Audio CD)


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Debut release on ONYX from the legendary virtuoso and poet of the keyboard Nikolai Demidenko

Recognised as one of the great Chopin players of our time, he recently performed these works during the Chopin Experience weekend on BBC Radio 3. This is his first recording of the Preludes.

Bryce Morrison in Gramophone magazine praised his last Chopin recital disc: "Demidenko's razor-sharp articulacy and immaculate dexterity are complemented by the finest musical grace and individuality" (Editor’s Choice, 2007)

Demidenko won the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1978, recorded a highly acclaimed series of discs in the 80s and 90s (mainly on Hyperion) including a Gramophone award-winning disc of Medtner Concertos. As a young man he was widely acclaimed as a firebrand virtuoso but this was never the whole story and like a good wine his playing has matured gloriously. Now with new management, Nikolai plans to resume a more high-profile international concert career. He recently appeared as concerto soloist on BBC TV’s Maestro and is playing this Chopin programme at the new IndigO2 Arena in London on November 12.


Contents and Reviews

24 Préludes op.28 43.36
1 No.1 in C major 0.44
2 No.2 in A minor 2.32
3 No.3 in G major 0.56
4 No.4 in E minor 2.16
5 No.5 in D major 0.36
6 No.6 in B minor 2.11
7 No.7 in A major 0.47
8 No.8 in F sharp minor 2.03
9 No.9 in E major 1.44
10 No.l0 in C sharp minor 0.34
11 No.11 in B major 0.56
12 No.12 in G sharp minor 1.18
13 No.13 in F sharp major 3.30
14 No.14 in E flat minor 0.40
15 No.15 in D flat major 6.06
16 No.16 in B flat minor 1.11
17 No.17 in A flat major 3.29
18 No.18 in F minor 1.16
19 No.19 in E flat major 1.47
20 No.20 in C minor 2.02
21 No.21 in B flat major 2.08
22 No.22 in G minor 0.53
23 No.23 in F major 0.59
24 No.24 in D minor 3.01

Sonata No.3 in B minor, op.58 34.41
25 I Allegro maestoso 14.52
26 II Scherzo: Molto vivace 2.59
27 III Largo 11.00
28 IV Finale: Presto ma non tanto 5.56

Total timing: 78.29