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Chopin: Preludes-Op 28

Magazine article Gramophone

Chopin: Preludes-Op 28

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Chopin

Preludes--Op 28; Op 45; KK IVb No 7.

Impromptu No 3, Op 51. Three Mazurkas, Op 59

Andrew Tyson pf

Zig-Zag Territoires (F) ZZT347 (5V * DDD)

Ex-Curtis and Juilliard, Andrew Tyson won fifth prize at the 2012 Leeds Competition. And now he enters a crowded arena with a programme centred around Chopin's Op 28 Preludes. That he has an affinity with the composer is immediately obvious and one of the most appealing aspects here is his sheer sound. Soulfulness, too, is in plentiful supply: in the well-paced 17th Prelude, for instance, or the Fourth, where he withdraws into a true pianissimo to telling effect. And he brings out the filigree writing in the Third very effectively. There's no lack of technique either, as witness a Prelude such as No 17. However, there are times when poetry seems to be too much of a preoccupation: in something as cataclysmic as No 22 his is an altogether gentler creation than Sokolov's or, for that matter, Trifonov's.

But one aspect does bother me: he has a tendency to emphasise odd notes or phrases from within the texture. The Second Prelude, for instance, becomes all about the repeated G in the midst of the left-hand texture. …

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