It was in Paris in 1924 that Alexander Brailowsky first presented a series of six concerts he devised containing all 169 solo piano works by Chopin, using the composer’s own piano for part of the recital. He repeated this program in Brussels, Zürich, Mexico City, Buenos Aires and Montevideo, and established a reputation as a Chopin specialist, even though his wide repertoire ranged from Bach to Bartok.
Between 1928 and 1934 he recording extensively for Polydor in Germany, and it is only fitting that the works of Chopin featured more often than those of any other composer. Here Mark Obert-Thorn has brought together all of those Polydor Chopin sides in fabulous new transfers for Pristine.
The first disc features the Piano Concerto No. 1 and Second Sonata, whilst the rest of this two disc set offers a cornucopia of waltzes, preludes, etudes and other shorter works. Take a listen to our online sample, the Ballade No. 1, to hear just how good Brailowsky's Chopin can sound - it really is tremendous!