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Dmitri Alexeev is heard to full advantage here in a superb, full-dynamic recording that captures a beautifully prepared piano. He plays on a modern Steinway with crystalline clarity and real tenderness (a good example is the famous A minor Mazurka from 1827, while Op 7/2 is a magnificent study in intimacy). Alexeev reveals the multifaceted glory of these pieces perfectly, from the fragmentary, enigmatic Op 17/3 to the sophistication of Op 24/2 or the fragile, gently accruing lines of Op 50/3. The late Mazurka Op 63/2 is almost proto-Scriabin: within one form, Chopin offers a whole world of pianism. Documentation is exemplary, offering an essay on Russian exponents of Chopin’s piano music and a survey of other recordings of these jewels. Superb.

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