The Chronicle

Like the previous CD from Fiderkiewicz, this was recorded at Chetham’s international summer school and festival for pianists by the late Jim Pattison, and a fine job he made of it: apart from the applause, you’d not know it was live. Fiderkiewicz’s playing is also flawless (at least as far as we could tell).

On this CD, she tackles César Franck’s Prélude, Choral Et Fugue ; Fryderyk Chopin’s Impromptus numbers two and three (Ops 36 and 51); and Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op 60 and Paul Hindemith’s piano sonata No. 3 in B flat. A final piece by Chopin, Nocturne No 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No 1, closes the CD.

Fiderkiewicz’s playing is as technical and nuanced as last week’s CD but this time the music is more intense, and more romantic in sound. We could struggle to describe it, but we listened to it several nights this week to wind down, and it’s very pleasing. Don’t watch drivel on the telly, sit in a quiet room and play this. Alicja Fiderkiewicz: better than Carlsberg Special. Official.

—Jeremy Condliffe