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Stellar Perez

09 MAY 12 JASON SERINUS

Telarc's knack for recording emerging artists who go on to receive international acclaim has so far brought to the fore, to list but a few, Lang Lang, Simone Dinnerstein, Zuill Bailey and Caroline Goulding. To the label's list of stellar pianists must now be added Vanessa Perez, thanks to Chopin: The Complete Preludes.

While the Venezuelan-American keyboard artist, trained in the same El Systéma that has brought us Gustavo Dudamel and Gabriela Montero, has recorded before, making notable contributions to Jan Vogler's disc of Astor Piazzolla and Joshua Bell's recital, At Home With Friends, this is the first all-Chopin disc from a pianist who has also performed with Dudamel and Montero, accompanied Spanish soprano Isabel Rey and performed all over the world to great acclaim.

Perez possesses the technical and emotional command necessary to bring to the fore the poetry in Chopin's remarkably expansive writing. With a sensitivity that led conductor Zubin Mehta to declare, "Her level of musical perception and artistic awareness impressed me as much a her total command of the keyboard," she traverses all of Chopin's beautiful preludes, adding to the 24 of Op. 28 the C-sharp minor, Op. 45 and No. 26 in A-flat major.

The generous recital also includes the Barcarolle, Op.60, F minor and Fantasie in F minor, Op. 49. Taken as a whole, its lyric and dramatic mastery suggests you'll be hearing lots more about Perez in the years ahead.