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Chopin [HD] [24Bit 96kHz]

by Ivana Gavric

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Hefin Jones
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Hefin Jones For anyone that loves the piano and Chopin this disc is a must. Ivana Garvic's wonderful, refreshing playing bringing out the dance rhythms, elements of sadness and often sheer joy in these diaristic pieces. All in all a truly exeptional disc in both performance and recording. Favorite track: Mazurka Op. 17, No. 1.
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john greenwood Ivana well done. I am enjoying this one immensely. a favorite evening album to unwind too. Favorite track: Mazurka Op. 6, No. 2.
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released April 21, 2017

It has long been my desire to record works by Chopin, and more especially the Mazurkas. Chopin wrote the Mazurkas throughout his life and I like to think of them as his short, poignant diary entries. These miniatures have a rich emotional palette; they are wonderfully inventive in melody, harmony, texture, character, and tempo, while at the same time sharing the same DNA: the dance rhythms of Chopin's native Poland.

I have always been fascinated by how composers create a sense of a national voice in their work. The most Polish of Chopin’s works, along with the Polonaises, the ever-present nostalgia of the Mazurkas speaks to me the most. My own heritage probably also explains my attraction to their Eastern European-inspired song. I have the fondest memories of dancing around my grandmother’s kitchen to tapes of polkas and mazurkas which she had brought back from a trip to Poland. Likewise of hearing my mother play many of the pieces featured on this album.

I am drawn to the earlier Mazurkas – we stop in 1838 - because I find their occasionally more rustic, less-stylised qualities charming. I have decided not to present them in chronological order, but, rather, to mirror the contour of a recital - which hopefully will cast a spotlight on some of the lesser known numbers. Additionally, I have included two infrequently met Preludes, the late Berceuse, and one of the early Nocturnes – music to punctuate the dance landscape, transporting the listener to other sound and mood worlds.
Ivana Gavric November 2016

Produced by Ateş Orga
Engineered by Dave Rowell
Edited by Ateş Orga
Recorded on 6th-9th June 2016 in the Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK

Steinway D Concert Grand 544101 Hamburg (1997)

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Ivana Gavric Zürich, Switzerland

This is a first recording by the British pianist Ivana Gavric for Edition Records. Previously, she created a sensation with her disc In the mists on Champs Hill Records, winning BBC Music Magazine Newcomer of the Year for ‘playing of an altogether extraordinary calibre’. ... more

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