Sudbin’s Chopin

Yevgeny Sudbin Plays Chopin


  • Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49
  • Nocturne No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 1
  • Nocturne No. 13 in C minor, Op. 48 No. 1
  • Mazurka No. 7 in F minor, Op. 7 No. 3
  • Mazurka No. 23 in D major, Op. 33 No. 2
  • Mazurka No. 25 in B minor, Op. 33 No. 4
  • Ballade No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47
  • Mazurka No. 17 in B flat minor, Op. 24 No. 4
  • Mazurka No. 32 in C sharp minor, Op. 50 No. 3
  • Nocturne No. 16 in E flat major, Op. 55 No. 2
  • Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52


  • À la minute (a paraphrase on Chopin’s Waltz in D flat major, Op. 64, No. 1)

Performed by Yevgeny Sudbin (piano)

There is great intelligence and thoughtfulness in the structure and selection of the pieces for this CD. I personally don’t care for a recording packed with only Mazurkas. In this case we get some Nocturnes, Ballades and a Fantasia interspersed with the Mazurkas. And I like that diversity.

All of the pieces performed are fairly short; the longest, the Fantasia, is less than twelve minutes long. Yet from the shortest to the longest, Frederick Chopin has created a unique world in each of these compositions. This is something that Yevgeny Sudbin seems to understand very well. He lets the music breathe, have room in which to make its statement; there is no need to rush to the next bravura passage. It will come and be more effective because other notes were given their emotional due. There are the needed spaces between the brilliant notes.

This is not only deeply felt playing, but playing that thoroughly understands the music. Sudbin’s art is very personal, his rhythms are flexible, but never slack, and tension is always maintained. The artist does not need to impress: he knows what he is doing. We are the beneficiaries of his intelligence and capabilities as a performer.

Listen now to some marvelous playing as “Yevgeny Sudbin plays Chopin”



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Tags: Yevgeny Sudbin, Chopin, Mazurka, Nocturne, Fantasia

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