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Khatia Buniatishvili’s Chopin

Frédéric Chopin: Waltz in C minor, Op. 64 #2 (B 164)
Sonata for Piano #2 in B Flat minor, Op. 35 (B 128)
Ballade #4 in F minor, Op. 52 (B 146)
Concerto for Piano #2 in F minor, Op. 21 (B 43) *
Mazurka in A minor, Op. 17 #4
Bonus Video: Warsaw – Paris (A short film conceived by and featuring Khatia Buniatishvili)

Khatia Buniatishvili, piano
* Orchestre de Paris/Paavo Järvi
Sony Classical 88691-97129-2 71m

Bunatishvili Chopin CD

Khatia Buniatishvili plays Chopin

Khatia Buniatishvili’s second solo CD is dedicated to Frédéric Chopin and continues in the same vein as her acclaimed solo debut which focused on Franz Liszt. The 25-year old Georgian pianist proposes a highly personal album again, with a handpicked selection of pieces that form a compelling ensemble of 70 minutes of Chopin music, linked by inherent themes like youth and nostalgia, love and death. As in her Liszt CD Buniatishvili’s pianism blends prodigious technique with a vivid imagination and instinctive musicality. By all means, it is a CD to savior slowly and gradually, because like some select wine it can hit rather heavily when taken in too quickly. When tasted with moderation however the rewards turn out to be so much bigger. Buniatishvili is a profound and intelligent artist, and evidently everything has been well considered, not only the choice of music but also the photos and the booklet essay. This may not be your everyday Chopin recital, yet it clearly comes straight from the heart with irresistible eloquence as well as tremendous skill.
Read the full review on Classical Net