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Nelson Freire has made his first studio recorded recital of the music of Bach in a program offering an overview of Bach's works for the keyboard. The recital combines original works with transcriptions by Bach himself and later composers such as Busoni, Siloti and Dame Myra Hess. Freire distills a lifetime of experience with Bach into 80 minutes of authoritative playing. The new album features four of Bach's great keyboard works – the Partita No. 4 in D major, the Toccata in C minor, the English Suite No. 3 in G minor and the Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor – and a collection of delightful shorter pieces, including Busoni's celebrated transcription of Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland and culminating in the charismatic Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring from Cantata No. 147, arranged by Myra Hess.
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The Poetry of Nelson Freire's Bach on 99.5WCRB
The virtually limitless well of music by J.S. Bach has always had a prominent place on radio airwaves in Boston. Whether it's an iconic work like the Toccata and Fugue in D minor or a rarely heard but emotionally riveting church cantata, Bach's music is a touchstone, returning listeners to a foundation on which so much subsequent music has been built. Hear The Poetry of Nelson Freire'...
Seong-Jin Cho, Yundi and Nelson Freire close out 'Chopin and His Europe' festival in Warsaw / Radio Poland
The 19-day Chopin and His Europe festival has come to a close in Warsaw and showcased more than 40 events in all --including recitals, orchestral and chamber concerts, oratorios and a semi-staged performance of Verdi's opera Macbeth – and such pianists as Chopin competition winners Seong-Jin Cho, Yulianna Avdeeva, Yundi and Garrick Ohlsson. Ohlsson won the international Chopin piano competition...
Nelson Freire - Bach / WGBH/WCRB: CD of the Week
From the imagination and curiosity of the WCRB staff, this is where you'll find the CD Of the Week from WGBH/WCRB - Classical Radio Boston. Check back often for the deep dive, the spontaneous revelation, and the beyond-the-broadcast connections that bring the music alive. This week's pick is from Nelson Freire. The Brazilian pianist has made his first studio recorded recital of the music of B...
Nelson Freire - Bach / KDFC: CD of the Week
Tune in throughout the week for tracks from KDFC's CD of the Week. More to discover with KDFC and KDFC.com. For the Week of April 4, it's Bach by pianist Nelson Freire. In his latest recording, Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire "distills a lifetime of experience with Bach into 80 minutes of authoritative playing." In advance of his recitals here in the Bay Area this May, we'll...
Nelson Freire - Bach / WFMT: Featured CD of the Week
Nelson Freire brings a lifetime's experience to his first-ever album devoted to the music of Bach. The release provides a perfect overview of Bach on the keyboard: original works such as the Fourth Partita and Chromatic Fantasy & Fugue; one of Bach's own keyboard transcriptions (the slow movement of Marcello's Oboe Concerto) plus a selection of transcriptions by Busoni, Siloti and Myra Hess. Bach...
Nelson Freire - Chopin / KDFC: CD Of the Week
In the third of three new landmark albums on the Decca label, Nelson Freire marks his 70th birthday year with a stunning recording of Chopin's lyrical and brilliant Piano Concerto No. 2 made in Cologne with the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln and Lionel Bringuier, one of the most talked-about of the younger generation of conductors. The release also features some favorite Chopin solo wor...
Nelson Freire - Chopin is WQXR: Album Of the Week
The veteran Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire caps his 70th birthday year with the third of three new albums on the Decca label. It features Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2, a work whose pianistic brilliance has sometimes been overshadowed by its staid orchestral writing. Cologne's Gürzenich-Orchester brings grace and intelligence to its part while Freire brings out the score's introvert character, ...
Nelson Freire - Radio Days / WFMT 'New Release Of the Week'
To celebrate Nelson Freire's 70th birthday, this special 2-CD collection presents concerto repertoire that is not currently in his Decca catalog. The set features performances of concertos with leading conductors such as Kurt Masur and David Zinman. Drawing on radio archives, these recordings cover a ten-year period (1969-79) when Freire was making few recordings at the beginning of his career in Europe....