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Alain Lefevre - Chopin 24 Preludes / CBC: First Play

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Like many young keyboard players today, Chopin was exposed to Bach's set of preludes and fugues in each major and minor key, the Well-Tempered Clavier. We can only assume that this is what sparked Chopin's imagination and led to the 24 Preludes. But unlike Bach's sprawling work, each Chopin prelude is a study in economy and brevity.

Though miniatures, performing the 24 Preludes is no small task. In his latest recording, Montreal-based pianist and composer Alain Lefèvre tackles the works with a wide range of expression, from the melodic simplicity of the fourth prelude to the tenderness of the "Raindrop" prelude. Rounding out the recording is Padre Antonio Soler's Sonata in D minor No. 24. Lefèvre makes a compelling case for the nearly forgotten 18th-century Spanish composer, who wrote a huge number of keyboard sonatas.

Alain Lefevre - Chopin 24 Preludes / CBC: First Play