Khatia Buniatishvili: Chopin – review

Orchestre de Paris/Järvi
(Sony Classical)

Pop this disc into your computer and it shows you a little film of the Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili running around on the beach, watching sheet music float away on a lake and looking pensive at a railway station. We seem to be witnessing the end of a love affair; rather soft focus and dreamy but with flame-red flashes of intense passion – very much like her playing. The longing and regret she brings to the little Mazurka in A minor is certainly heartbreaking, but there's real anger in her thunderous Ballade No 4 in F minor and in the presto of the Sonata No 2 in B flat minor. This is playing straight from the heart from one of today's most exciting and technically gifted young pianists.


Stephen Pritchard

The GuardianTramp

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