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Work: Ballade no. 2 in F major, Op.38

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ComposerChopin, Fryderyk Franciszek (1810-1849)
PeriodRomantic
Year1839
Work typeInstrumental
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Anna Fedorova compelling in Chopin

Anna Fedorova © Marco Borggreve
Ukrainian pianist Anna Fedorova gave compelling performances of Chopin’s profound Ballades and intricate Waltzes, full of intensity, dreaminess and frenzy.
****1
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Yundi's Chopin disappoints in Dublin

A risk-averse approach ruined the dramatic spontaneity of the Ballades but the 24 Preludes in the second half were much more convincing. 
**111
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Technical merit high, artistic impression mixed

An excellent second half performance of Chopin's Four Ballades is preceded by an interpretation of waltzes and études that often lacks nuance of phrasing and dynamics.
***11
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Exquisite Chopin recital from Korean Competition Winner

Having watched the web live-stream of Seong-Jin Cho’s performances at last year’s Chopin Competition and subsequently listened to the live CD as well, I already had a fair idea of his playing.
****1
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Lang Lang thrills Manchester audience with Mozart and Chopin

Manchester audiences hand out standing ovations once in a blue moon, but that which followed Lang Lang’s Mozart and Chopin programme tonight was the loudest and longest I have seen, after the brilliant Chinese pianist thrilled and delighted a sold-out Bridgewater Hall.
*****
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