Album: Ingrid Fliter, Chopin: Complete Waltzes (EMI Classical)

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The most recent winner of the quadrennial Gilmore Prize, Argentinian pianist Ingrid Fliter is fast establishing herself as the pre-eminent contemporary performer of Chopin, following her EMI debut of selected Chopin Piano Works with this album focusing purely on his waltzes.

Restrained and elegant without sacrificing the momentum required to keep the pieces flowing, there's more than a touch of Arthur Rubinstein in her performance, as befits one who grew up listening to his masterly 1963 recordings; but unlike him, she broadens the canon to include a further six waltzes of disputed attribution. But while there's no disputing her grasp of the repertoire, it's difficult to bring anything fresh to such familiar material.

Download this: Waltz No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 18, Waltz No. 6 in D flat major, Op. 64