Chopin: Chopin – Piano Works

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COMPOSERS: Chopin
LABELS: DG
WORKS: Ten mazurkas; Prelude in C sharp minor, Op. 45; Ballade No. 1; Scherzo No. 2
PERFORMER: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: DG 477 7563

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A slightly mixed bag from Michelangeli in 1972: his trademark elegance and understated sophistication are here in droves, but there’s a lumpishness rather than folksy energy to some of the mazurkas that lets down the rest. Jessica Duchen