THE NEW ALBUM HAS BEEN RELEASED
— 18 February 2022
Ivo Pogorelich’s new album “Chopin” is out now. His first full Chopin recording in over 20 years!
It is a great pleasure to announce that the new album entirely dedicated to the works by Frédéric Chopin has been released on February the 18th, 2022. According to Sony Classical, the exclusive recording label of Maestro Pogorelich:
Ivo Pogorelich has a special relationship with the piano music of the Polish Romantic composer Frédéric Chopin. It is Chopin, after all, whom he has to thank for his international breakthrough. When, at the age of 22, Pogorelich took part in the 1980 Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, his exceptional playing caused an immediate sensation. Martha Argerich, who was on the jury, described him as a “genius”. Since that time, Pogorelich has been increasingly committed, on recording and in concert, to an image of Chopin that is far from the commonplace cliché of the brilliant and pleasing composer of salon music. Now Pogorelich once again offers completely new insights into Chopin’s world and the soul within the sound in what is in fact his fifth Chopin album, but the first for more than twenty years. He has selected works from the 1840s, the last decade of the Polish master’s life. These include the Nocturnes op. 48 no. 1 and op. 62 no. 2, the Fantasy op. 49 and Chopin’s third and last Piano Sonata, op. 58. What Pogorelich admires in these works is Chopin’s ability to make the piano a gateway to the soul: “Chopin delivers an open invitation to penetrate human psychology. It’s a specific invitation to continually seek out and explore every possibility that the piano has to offer. That’s a never-ending process, and it will continue to challenge new generations of artists in the future too.”
The recordings were made from September 2nd to 10th, 2021 at Franz Liszt Concert Hall in Raiding, Austria by sound engineer Mr. Thomas Lang. Mr. August Faulend-Heferer was in charge of the technical aspects of the piano provided by Steinway Austria. The Executive producer and artistic supervisor of the album was Mr. Avo Kouyoumdjian, and the Project Coordinator was Mr. George Tesla. The album was released by Sony Classical, a label of Sony Music Entertainment.
For rore information about the album, please visit this link.