American Record Guide
, May 2014
Young French pianist Tysman continues her Chopin traversal with this second volume…this one begins to reflect an artist sometimes at odds with the music.
Ballade 1 opens slowly, with willful indulgence in the shaping of phrases and several surprising pauses and rhythmic quirks along the way. The natural flow of the music is impeded with rubato stretched to its limit. There is never a feeling that Tysman is technically deficient.
Ballade 2 flows more evenly. Its tempestuous central section is handled very dramatically to great effect. Nothing impedes the flow and nothing is distorted. It is a great performance and one to be treasured as representing the finest in the art of Chopin playing.
Ballade 3 is also very fine. The rocking melody is evenly played…Tysman is once again proving her Chopin credentials, along with elements that make her performance something special.
Ballade 4 is…one of Chopin’s greatest works and done full justice here. What can easily become episodic in the wrong hands is held together with glorious aplomb and infectious passion and sweep.
Nocturne 3 in B flows beautifully, is phrased with sensitivity, and is Chopin playing par excellence. Here is a pianist fully capable of representing the master once she controls her affectations.
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