Poetic magic from Alain Planès

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Listen to a clip from the French pianist's all-Chopin disc

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Chopin Chez Pleyel: Preludes – Op. 28 Nos 4, 9, 11, 13, 15, & Op. 45; Etudes – Op. 25 Nos 1, 2 & 12; Nocturnes – Op. 9 No. 2, Op. 27 No. 2, Op. 48 Nos 1 & 2; Mazurkas – KK IIb No. 5, Op. 41 No. 2 & 3; Andante spianato, Op. 22; Ballade, Op. 47; Impromptu, Op. 51; Grande Valse, Op. 42
Alain Planès (piano) Harmonia Mundi HMC 902052 80:02 mins

‘Planès works absolute poetic magic, with wonderfully paced phrasing and a style of rubato replete with beautifully judged elasticity and grace’ Jessica Duchen

A full review plus star ratings is published in our January 2010 issue