Magazine article Gramophone

Chopin: Preludes, Op 28

Magazine article Gramophone

Chopin: Preludes, Op 28

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Preludes, Op 28

Maxence Pilchen pf

Paraty (F) PARATY115131 (35' * DDD)

In the past 12 months alone these pages have noted new recordings I of Chopin's Preludes by Ingrid Fliter, Daniel Trifonov, Andrew Tyson, Yulianna Avdeeva, Grigory Sokolov and Jean-Philippe Collard--Fliter, for me, the most consistently satisfying. Among the 60 or so other recordings are classics by Cortot, Moiseiwitsch and Argerich. The Franco-Belgian Maxence Pilchen makes his recording debut with them. Nothing wrong with that, for these 24 miniature masterpieces provide the opportunity to demonstrate a pianist's entire technical and musical command. But given the wealth of competition it is surely wrong-headed and a foolhardy marketing ploy--to issue a disc of an unheralded newcomer with just the 24 Preludes and nothing else.

This might be understandable were the playing truly outstanding. But it isn't. Pilchen is a fine young pianist, as anyone must be who tackles these deceptively difficult little tone-poems, but compared with the illustrious names listed above he is, frankly, vin ordinaire. …

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