A legend visiting… For the legendary Arthur Rubinstein she was “the born Chopin interpreter” – a reputation, Janina Fialkowska has preserved throughout her career. One may call, no, one must call the Grande Dame of the piano her mentor’s heir. Chopin’s spirit flows out of her in each melodic phrase and Chopin was the central figure of the program she gave for the Klavier-Festival Ruhr. A true pianistic moment of glory.
Music of the soul out of love for Chopin.
This programme, selected with such care and affection, is imbued with the character, style and intelligence which are the hallmarks of Fialkowska’s playing. The piece I haven’t mentioned is so overexposed that it has become almost a meaningless cliché. Claire de lune is lifted from the context of its suite and presented here as a stand-alone. The highest accolade I can think of for Fialkowska’s music-making is that her conception of Debussy’s shimmering moonlight is so strikingly original, yet stylistically aware and profoundly felt, that it’s as if you’ve never heard it before. There’s simply no one quite like her.
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