Chopin by Ingrid Fliter!
Posted: Monday | 03.01.10
Ingrid Fliter, pianist, performs:
Chopin: the Complete Waltzes
I have been reviewing many exciting pianists recently. And Ingrid Fliter certainly seems to belong to the group from whom we likely will hear a lot more. As a winner of the prestigious Gilmore Award, she certainly qualifies as a major musician in the making. In this recording Ms. Fliter attempts to make Chopin sound new and fresh. She occasionally applies a strong attack in these pieces, and I admire her original interpretations.
My own sense is that there’s always a danger of some degree of boredom in hearing all of Chopin’s waltzes at one sitting. Other pianists may have chosen to interpose a different composer’s work, as a break. However, it is the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth, and as such, this may not have worked. Fliter does as much as possible to contrast each waltz with the ones before it. Still, even a Mazurka or a Ballade may have been a good contrast…
Bottom line: I especially enjoyed Ingrid Fliter’s passion that she’s able to bring to this music. This is a fine performance by a thoughtful and capable Chopin interpreter.
Here is a 5-minute video of Fliter talking about, and playing the Chopin waltzes:
And here she is again, this time in the second movement of Chopin’s Piano Concerto #2: