When
· Naughties
· · 2007
· · · November
· · · · 25 (1 entry)

5★♫: Arrau Plays Chopin · Yet again, one dead guy play­ing another’s mu­sic (I promise a re­turn to the liv­ing af­ter this): The Noc­turnes by Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849), as record­ed in 1977 and 1978 by Clau­dio Ar­rau (1903-1991). Each of the last three (this, Mozart/Brain, and Bach/Kre­mer) are fine mu­sic which has been record­ed by many fine per­form­er­s, but where I nev­er both­ered check­ing any oth­er per­for­mances out af­ter hear­ing the record in ques­tion. The Noc­turnes have no raw edges, no stark­ness, but are rav­ish­ing­ly ro­man­tic and ir­re­sistibly pret­ty, while still be­ing in­volv­ing and deep. They’re noc­tur­nal all right; two sol­id hours of sweet dark-brown ebb and flow, bed­time mu­sic for sure. (“5★♫” se­ries in­tro­duc­tion here; with an ex­pla­na­tion of why the ti­tle may look bro­ken.) ...
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