CHOPIN: PIANO CON­CER­TOS

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - MICHAEL DER­VAN

In­grid Fliter (piano), Scot­tish Cham­ber Orches­tra/Jun Märkl

Linn Records CKD 455 ★★★★

Ar­gen­tinian pi­anist In­grid Fliter and Ger­man con­duc­tor Jun Märkl, work­ing with an orches­tra that’s rather smaller than the norm for this reper­toire, are at one in tak­ing a lighter than usual ap­proach to Chopin’s two youth­ful piano con­cer­tos. Märkl en­sures that there’s no sense of stodge in Chopin’s much crit­i­cised or­ches­tra­tion, and he of­ten se­cures a kind of cham­ber mu­si­clike in­ter­play be­tween wind so­los and pi­anist. Flu­id­ity and free­dom are Fliter’s hall­marks, and she of­ten ca­resses and curves time with a sense of magic that elim­i­nates the rigid­ity of the bar­line. She cre­ates the il­lu­sion of hav­ing all the time in the world to weave her spells, al­ways try­ing to elim­i­nate any sense of deja-vu in the mu­sic’s pat­terns. Thor­oughly re­fresh­ing. url.ie/55bm

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