Sony classical / 2018
Chopin: Ballades & 3 Nocturnes
– BBC Music Magazine *****
Andsnes intentionally inserted the Nocturnes between the Ballades to serve as a ‘breather’ to the epic nature of the Ballades. In doing so he breaks with the tradition of performing and recording the ballades as a cycle.
This recording is a long-held dream come true for Andsnes, who has wanted to record the Ballades ever since discovering them as a teenager and instantly falling in love with them. These epic works have accompanied him and his career ever since. This is his first recording of Chopin works in 25 years.
2. Nocturne No. 4 in F major, Op. 15 No. 1
3. Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38
4. Nocturne No. 13 in C minor, Op. 48 No. 1
5. Ballade No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47
6. Nocturne No. 17 in B major, Op. 62 No. 1
7. Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52