Frederic Chopin – The Four Ballades – Anita Chang
A virtuoso performance by a skilled performer, these recordings of the Chopin Ballades have been heralded as among the best sounding by Stereophile.
Chopin was the first composer to write “Ballades” for solo piano. In these performances, the lyricism and virtuosic figuration of the instrument is brought to new artistic heights. Listen to a wonderfully sensitive artist, a first-class Steinway Model D 9-foot instrument in a glorious performance hall [Zipper Auditorium at the Colburn School in Los Angeles] and experience the extension of sound provided by the 5.1 channel surround mix. Imagine the sound of 16 microphones strategically placed in stereo pairs within the instrument and around the hall. Choose your point of view – either fully immersed in the sound or from the “best seat in the house”. Recording a piano is one of the toughest challenges for a recording engineer, this DVD captures all of the sound and then some…
Ken Richardson of Sound and Vision magazine called the sound of this recording better than Deutsche Gramaphone and Telarc. He’s right.
AIX Records’ premium DVD-Audio/Video projects utilize both sides of the disc. The first side in an interactive DVD-Video disc and the other side is a DVD-Audio disc [which requires a DVD-Audio capable machine to play it back].
The sound of this recording brings these incredible musicians/singers into your listening space. The real HD-Audio recordings and surround mixes immerse you in the musical interplay with full range frequency response, dynamics and intimate musicality.
- Ballade No. 1 in G Minor Op. 23 –
- Ballade No. 2 in F Major Op. 38 –
- Ballade No. 3 in A flat Major Op. 47 –
- Ballade No. 4 in F Major Op. 52 –