Monique Elias | Monique Elias plays Chopin, Mendelssohn, Szymanowski

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Monique Elias plays Chopin, Mendelssohn, Szymanowski

by Monique Elias

Elias's technique does not overshadow the inherent warmth and romanticism of 19th century classical music without sounding sentimental.
Genre: Classical: Chopin
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1. Chopin Preludes No.1
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2. Chopin Preludes No.2
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3. Chopin Preludes No.3
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4. Chopin Preludes No.4
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5. Chopin Preludes No.5
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6. Chopin Preludes No.6
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7. Chopin Preludes No.7
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8. Chopin Preludes No.8
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9. Chopin Preludes No.9
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10. Chopin Preludes No.10
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11. Chopin Preludes No.11
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12. Chopin Preludes No.12
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13. Chopin Preludes No.13
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14. Chopin Preludes No.14
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15. Chopin Preludes No.15
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16. Chopin Preludes No.16
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17. Chopin Preludes No.17
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18. Chopin Preludes No.18
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19. Chopin Preludes No.19
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20. Chopin Preludes No.20
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21. Chopin Preludes No.21
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22. Chopin Preludes No.22
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23. Chopin Preludes No.23
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24. Chopin Preludes No.24
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25. Mendelssohn Variations Serieuses
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26. Szymanowski Preludes No.1
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27. Szymanowski Preludes No.2
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28. Szymanowski Preludes No.3
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29. Szymanowski Preludes No.4
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30. Szymanowski Preludes No.5
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31. Szymanowski Preludes No.6
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32. Szymanowski Preludes No.7
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33. Szymanowski Preludes No.8
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34. Szymanowski Preludes No.9
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Monique Elias is a Dutch pianist trained in the "Horowitz style" tradition of eastern Europe. She is a very versatile pianist who can really make the listener hear the distinction between the different composers and the style they represent. In this CD she has brilliantly captured the then avant-garde style of Chopin that we now refer to as "romantic" in contrast to the "classical" style of Mendelsohn even though both composers lived at the same time.
Then again, the style of Szymanowski is very different from Chopin with his long phrases and big sonorities, more in the style of Rachmaninoff.
Any classical music lover would revel in these distinctions that paint such a different oral picture. It takes a sensitive pianist to pull this off successfully. Monique Elias's technique of playing has been compared to that of Alicia de la Rocha.
For classical music teachers this CD would be an excellent eample for the illustration of these different musical periods.


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Arthur Long

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Elias’s rendition of the preludes brings out the inwardness and melancholy Chopin bestowed on many of these miniature masterpieces. Her Szymanowski is a subtle combination of energy and lyricism. What I most like and admire in this cd is the pianist’s performance of Mendelssohn’s Variations Sérieuse. This magnificent composition demands a great deal of any performer, but Elias is up to the technical and interpretative challenges it presents. This is a cd that merits many listenings.