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LABEL: Decca
RELEASE DATE: 25/10/2019
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Brazilian pianist and Latin Grammy winner Nelson Freire has long been seen as a connoisseur’s pianist, but a series of superb recordings have raised his profile to the extent that he is now thought of as one of today’s universally recognised great musicians. Whether playing the great warhorses of the repertoire or the gentlest miniatures, he brings to his performances a level of quiet thoughtfulness that puts him in a class of his own.

‘Encores’ celebrates his 75th birthday. Tracks range from Purcell to Rachmaninov; Scarlatti to Shostakovich and 12 of Grieg’s Lyric Pieces. Also included are treasures such as the Sgambati Mélodie de Gluck, the Paderewski Nocturne and Albeniz’s Navarra.

“In the age when overt showmanship reaps big rewards and grabs lots of attention, the Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire offers a gentle reminder that decorous piano playing and interpretive depth have an irresistible power all their own.” The New York Times (London)

Giovanni Sgambati: Mélodie de Gluck

Henry Purcell: Hornpipe

Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata in D minor K.64 (Gavotta)

Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata in B minor K.377 (Allegrissimo)

Zygmunt Stojowski: Vers l’azur (Aspirations Op. 39, No 1)

Ignacy Jan Paderewski: Nocturne

Richard Strauss/Leopold Godowsky: Ständchen (Serenade) Op. 17, No. 2

Edvard Grieg: 12 Lyric Pieces

Book I, Op. 12 1.Arietta

Book I, Op. 12 2. Vals

Book I, Op. 12 5. Folkevise

Book II, Op. 38 1.Berceuse

Book III, Op. 43 2. Ensom Vandrer

Book III, Op. 43 4. Liden Fugl

Book III, Op. 43 6. Til våren

Book IV, Op. 47 4. Halling

Book V, Op. 54 1.Gjetergutt

Book VIII, Op. 65 6. Bryllupsdag på Troldhaugen

Book IX, Op. 68 3. For dine føtter

Book IX, Op. 68 5. Bådnlåt

Anton Rubinstein: Mélodie in F (Deux Mélodies Op 3, No 1)

Alexander Scriabin: Poéme in F sharp major (Deux poèmes, Op 32, No 1)

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Prelude in B minor Op 32, No 10

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Prelude in G sharp minor Op 32, No 12

Dmitri Shostakovich: Three Fantastic Dances Op 5

Enrique Granados: Quejas, o La Maja y el ruiseñor (Complaint, or the Girl and the Nightingale) Goyescas No 4

Federico Mompou: Jeunes filles au jardin (Scenes d’Enfants)

Isaac Albéniz arr. Leopold Godowsky: Tango

Isaac Albéniz: Navarra

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