Chopin: complete Scherzi and Impromptus

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Catalogue No: ATH 23024
EAN/UPC: 809730302429
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Release Date: April 2004
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Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 56:56

Bernard d’Ascoli is a French pianist of great skill and musicianship, who has recorded for several companies. He is devoted to the music of Chopin, hence this new CD, which is accompanied by a 2 CD set of the complete Nocturnes (23201).

Track Listing

    Fryderyk Chopin:

  1. Scherzo no. 1 in B minor, op. 20 (9:23)
  2. Scherzo no. 2 in B flat minor, op. 31 (10:14)
  3. Scherzo no. 3 in C sharp minor, op. 39 (7:21)
  4. Scherzo no. 4 in E major, op. 54 (7:25)
  5. Impromptu no. 1 in A flat major, op. 29 (3:48)
  6. Impromptu no. 2 in F sharp major, op. 36 (5:20)
  7. Impromptu no. 3 in G falt major, op. 51 (5:16)
  8. Fantasie-Impromptu in C sharp minor, op, 66 (4:45)

Reviews

American Record Guide

Impressive sound, fine technique, and unfailing musical values

” —Alan Becker
The Independent

Measures up very well, with the notes seeming to glow.

” —Michael Church
Musical Opinion

d’Ascoli brings you as close to Chopin’s intentions as could be possible… a unique extra ingredient to the whole. Soak in Bernard d’Ascoli’s delight in flinging his deft fingers into dramatic bouts of virtuosity, yet never losing the overall shape and purpose of the musical architecture.

” —Denby Richards
International Record Review

D’Ascoli’s well-rounded technique meets every demand… Textures are clear, melodies are shaped with a singer’s sense of line, and inner voices are handled with subtlety. He also has a fine sense of structure… directness of approach, firm rhythm, tonal refinement and judicious use of rubato…[an] impressive disc.

” —Charles Timbrell