The music of Chopin has been absent from piano virtuoso David Fray’s repertoire for quite some time. But, ahead of his new recording Chopin, Mr Fray performed one of his first public recitals of the composer’s works at Vienna’s Konzerthaus in a performance described as “enriching, joyful and enthralling” (derStandard).
Chopin, which comprises seven of the composer’s nocturnes, including three mazurkas, a polonaise, a waltz and an impromptu, is due for release 3 February on Warner Classics. Of the influential composer, Mr Fray says:
“For me, Chopin’s music is very fragile, vaporous, perfumed … somewhat intangible. It is so fluid and evanescent – you need to feel that it could just disappear at any moment. What makes it so touching is this ephemeral quality – the mazurkas are like something that you write in the sand … You know that it will be washed away, but the memory will remain. His music palpitates with a sense of the unexpected, the inspiration of the moment. If you tried to engrave it into marble, it would die.”