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This CD has no special theme, apart from the fact that Evgeny Koroliov says that he played all these pieces in his childhood and youth and they are full of back fond memories.So it is a very personal program with pieces for which he had a preference and which today, in reflective, mature interpretations, are unanimously convincing. It is a finely nuanced, poetic Chopin, in which simple charm is subordinated to the purity of a perfectly phrased and controlled playing. The music flows with ease without any exaggeration and Koroliov combines a basically romantic, often tender sensitivity with an impressively clear and ultimately pianistically very restrained playing. But that’s what makes this CD so rich, so effective, and so beautiful.

Remy Franck

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