Chopin: Etudes / Amir Katz

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The technical standard expected today of a young pianist has risen relentlessly, while at the same time much has happened in the musical sphere when it comes to Chopin interpretation. Today, all of the Polish genius’s works have increasingly come to the fore for their uniqueness and their unsurpassed quality, with the result that more and more pianists are daring to tackle the fearsome 24 Etudes – at least in the studio.

In preparation for the studio recording, Amir Katz sought audience approval by performing the works frequently and to acclaim in concert. As with previous projects, he wanted to take a holistic approach to the pieces, beginning with the famous “bracket effect” of the first and last pieces in C major and C minor, both of them closely related to the first two pieces of Bach’s “Well-tempered Clavier” and to the last etude that then modulates back to C major – which ultimately brings the work full circle in terms of tonality. What is more, in his assiduous study of the sources on early performance practice, Amir Katz has found divergence in the earlier (faster) original tempi, especially in the slower movements, and exact tempo correspondences between various pieces. Finally, the young virtuoso proves his credentials in these masterworks with a flawless clarity that is more than equal to its stylistically refined, artistically “simplified” neo-Baroque echoes.

Product Description:

  • Release Date: June 02, 2017

  • Catalog Number: ORF-C922171A

  • UPC: 4011790922126

  • Label: ORFEO

  • Number of Discs: 1

  • Period: Romantic

  • Composer: Frédéric Chopin

  • Performer: Amir Katz


  1. Etudes (12), Op. 10

    Composer: Frédéric Chopin

    Performer: Amir Katz (Piano)

  2. Etudes (12), Op. 25

    Composer: Frédéric Chopin

    Performer: Amir Katz (Piano)