Chopin: Nocturnes

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LABELS: Hyperion Dyad
WORKS: Nocturnes
PERFORMER: Lívia Rév (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: CDD 22013 1990
A very welcome reissue indeed. Eloquent, unfailingly beautiful in tone and blessedly free of mannerism, Lívia Rév combines in almost perfect balance the simplicity of utterance required of all great Chopin playing and the inner tension that so often lies behind it. Her tone is consistently refined but deftly varied, and her rhythm is a continuous feast of suppleness and grace, vocal in inflection yet innately pianistic in the sharpness and clarity of its outlines – a very model of idiomatic Chopin playing. Jeremy Siepmann