Horacio Gutiérrez plays Chopin & Schumann
Latin Grammy Nomination: "Best Classical Album of the Year"
The Cuban-American virtuoso Horacio Gutiérrez is a legendary figure in the piano world. After taking the Silver Medal at the 1970 Tchaikovsky International Competition, Gutiérrez embarked on an international touring career that saw performances with nearly all of the world's great orchestras and conductors including Maazel, Rostropovich, Masur, Levine, Rozhdestvensky, Ormandy, Gergiev, Ozawa, Previn, Leinsdorf, Tennstedt, Ashkenazy, Barenboim and numerous others. Gutiérrez has recorded very infrequently, and these new recordings reveal a great poet-virtuoso at the height of his musical powers.
“Every note and phrase is perfectly placed. There is no excess. All is in perfect balance.” - theWholeNote
“As this excellently engineered recital reveals, the 68-year-old Gutiérrez’s glittering technique and extrovert, tasteful style remain unambiguously intact throughout two Romantic-repertoire pillars.” - Gramophone
“This is a must-listen for anyone who yearns to hear a superb artist’s expression of seminal Romanticism. I will definitely remember it at Want List time.” - Fanfare“Schumann’s amazing Fantasy has not been lacking recordings. This one instantly jumps to the top among my choices for its dynamism, flow, and organization. All this magnificence is captured in some of the best sound I have heard from a Steinway D in a long time. I must restrain myself from playing this over and over. There are other recordings to review!” - American Record Guide
24 Preludes, Op. 28
Fantasie, Op. 17