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Chopin: Polonaises - Sageman

Chopin: Polonaises - Sageman

Lyrinx  LYR2256

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Instrumental


Chopin: Polonaises Nos. 1-4, 6 & 7

Caroline Sageman (piano)

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Review by John Broggio - February 25, 2013

A generous recital, full of Chopin's most popular essays of the Polonaise form.

Throughout Caroline Sageman exhibits a flawless technique and is entirely free of the tiresome mannerisms that have plagued many a "star" pianist. Such mannerisms may well provoke excitement in the midst of a concert experience but frequently become grating upon repetition away from the "mob mentality" (if any classical concert can so be described!)

This approach pays dividends in the "Military" polonaise and its C minor companion piece but unfortunately, there is little charm or persuasive means of communication in the other famous pieces (Polonaise-Fantaisie, the Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise Brillante and most of all the "Heroic" Polonaise). In particular the central section of the "Heroic" polonaise sounds as it looks on the page - monotonous. There is nothing of the shaping that the likes of Chopin: Polonaises - Pollini brings to the work and the same is true of the other two major works: both sound as if Sageman is on some sort of HIP crusade where the notes are the notes (and nothing more). Sageman is successful in those terms but there is a severe lack of poetry as a result (and those who have experienced HIP as a player or audience member will be well aware that poetry & emotion are emphatically not placed aside).

The sound is, like her colleague Jude, very good from a pleasing ecclesiastical venue.

Sadly, for this promised to be a very rewarding disc, this is only recommendable for fans of the pianist not the music.

Copyright © 2013 John Broggio and HRAudio.net

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