At the end of February, the world of music will celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Frédéric Chopin. This is the perfect opportunity to present a suitably high-caliber new release from the Russian pianist Anna Gourari, who recently received critical acclaim for her commanding interpretation of the late Brahms pieces.
This recording offers the listener a kind of musical biography, for the pieces she plays were written throughout the composer's entire life. Gourari confirms her credentials as a sensitive painter in sound, and her instinctively sure rubato brings the pulse of life into these triple-time miniatures. It is amazing how she lends individual coloring to the mazurka idiom, recreating it anew each time: each piece is transformed into a jewel of dance-like poetry.