B Minor Sonatas by pianist Josep Colom is his 4th DSD 256 release from Eudora. The album is “A journey through Chopin and Liszt’s spiritual sides.” Josep Colom brings out a fresh and poetic view on two of the peaks of the piano repertoire: Chopin and Liszt B minor Piano Sonatas.
Heroic writing alternates with Italianate lyricism in Chopin’s Op. 58, while Liszt only piano sonata is one of the greatest achievements in its genre, if not the greatest of all. Chopin’s Nocturnes op. 62 and Liszt’s late work Unstern! – Sinistre is also included in this stunning album, passionately performed by one of the most distinguished pianists of his generation.
As with all of the Eudora Records releases, this is a Pure DSD 256 Stereo & DSD 256 Multichannel recording. Brought to you in its Native DSD 256 recording resolution with no DXD or PCM post-processing!
Josep Colom – Piano
Total time: 01:22:23
DSD 512 fs, DSD 256 fs, DSD 128 fs, DSD 64 fs, FLAC 192 kHz, FLAC 96 kHz
Horus, Merging Technologies
Sonodore, Neumann U89 & Schoeps
|Original Recording Format|
Sala Mozart, Auditorio de Zaragoza, Spain
Pyramix, Merging Technologies
|Recording Type & Bit Rate|
Dutch & Dutch 8C
|Release Date||May 19, 2020|
He approaches Chopin as a composer of beauty, of nuance, of delicacy, who will beat down the heavens when needed, but who does not live for doing so. (…) In Liszt, Colom changes gears. There is power, again controlled, but roiling just under the surface. And with Liszt there is romanticism, it is played with emotion, with passion, but without the syrup that makes for such sticky sweetness in so many performances. (…) Altogether, Colom reminds me of Ivan Moravec in his approach to Chopin, and reminds me of Minoru Nojima in Liszt. Not shabby company by any means. These are performances to know, and an outstanding recording to enjoy. Recommended.
Catalan Musical Magazine
There is drama and temperament, but it stands out especially in a seductive warmth, clarity of textures, work of interior voices, as well as a not excessive rubato.
There is a deep musical understanding in this reading, with doses of drama, greatness, conviction, muscle, and poetry.
This is a performance to know and enjoy in an outstanding recording.
“With Colom one isn’t even aware of such hurdles. He doesn’t seek to impress for the sake of it. […] Colom shows maturity and luminous vision. He clearly feels that he doesn’t have to prove anything. […] Of both Sonatas, Josep Colom brings well-considered, personal views in the ring […].”
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