Started by Todd, April 26, 2017, 10:12:45 AM
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Quote from: Todd on May 11, 2017, 05:38:14 AM[Originally, I was going to focus on CKJ artists, but as India is part of Asia, I thought it proper to include Ms Arnold.]I'm not really a fortepiano kind of guy. Paul Badura-Skoda and Penelope Crawford both manage to make Beethoven work exceedingly on ancient instruments, Andras Schiff has much to say in Schubert in his ECM recording and in Mozart, and Ragna Schirmer's "Liebe in Variationen" disc has it formidable strengths, but the other recordings I've heard vary in quality quite a bit, with a tendency to not be favorites. Sheila Arnold, she of the fantastic recent (for me) Schubert recital, really delivers in Chopin and joins this small cadre of artists. Using an 1839 Erard, obviously lovingly maintained, she delivers a knock-out recording. First, though HIP, the piano sounds big and full as recorded. Second, Arnold's playing is nimble and clear, and she takes maximum musical advantage of the quicker decay. As an example, the final tolling bass notes of the last Prelude take on something of a new meaning. Third, she knows how to deliver dynamic gradations at a world-class level on her chosen instrument. Some of the playing is nearly modern concert grand pulverizing, and she fluidly and expertly plays at varying volume levels. Her approach is definitely not of the effete, drawing room variety; the playing is at times aggressive, though Arnold knows when to back off (eg, the Raindrop). Too, she plays some Preludes rather differently. For instance, the second Prelude is much slower than normal, and is treated as a "death knell" (the pianist's description). The disc opens with the First and ends with the Fourth Ballade, and both are just wonderful, and played with drive and assertiveness and intellectualized romanticism. Arnold's playing may not be the most emotive and romantic playing out there, but it is committed and serious and communicative. This is one of the best fortepiano recordings I've heard.Perfect sound.
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