Editors’ Notes Like many French players, Julien Brocal is a sensitive and stylish Chopin pianist. His performance of the Préludes has a touching restraint to it; he doesn’t explore extremes of volume, preferring to operate within a pleasingly intimate arena. Echoing his mentor Maria João Pires, he’s a purveyor of poetry rather than drama, and this music suits him perfectly. In the Piano Sonata, with its Funeral March finale, he allows himself a broader palette and the effect is very convincing.

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24 Préludes, Op. 28
24 Préludes, Op. 28: No. 1 in C Major, Agitato
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24 Préludes, Op. 28: No. 2 in A Minor, Lento
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24 Préludes, Op. 28: No. 3 in G Major, Vivace
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24 Préludes, Op. 28: No. 4 in E Minor, Largo
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24 Préludes, Op. 28: No. 5 in D Major, Allegro molto
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24 Préludes, Op. 28: No. 6 in B Minor, Lento assai
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24 Préludes, Op. 28: No. 7 in A Major, Andantino
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24 Préludes, Op. 28: No. 8 in F-Sharp Minor, Molto agitato
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24 Préludes, Op. 28: No. 9 in E Major, Largo
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24 Préludes, Op. 28: No. 10 in C-Sharp Minor, Allegro molto
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24 Préludes, Op. 28: No. 11 in B Major, Vivace
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24 Préludes, Op. 28: No. 12 in G Sharp-Minor, Presto
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24 Préludes, Op. 28: No. 13 in F-Sharp Major, Lento
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24 Préludes, Op. 28: No. 14 in E-Flat Minor, Allegro
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24 Préludes, Op. 28: No. 15 in D-Flat Major, Sostenuto
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24 Préludes, Op. 28: No. 16 in B-Flat Minor, Presto con fuoco
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24 Préludes, Op. 28: No. 17 in A-Flat Minor, Allegretto
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24 Préludes, Op. 28: No. 18 in in F Minor, Molto allegro
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24 Préludes, Op. 28: No. 19 in E-Flat Major, Vivace
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24 Préludes, Op. 28: No. 20 in C Minor, Largo
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24 Préludes, Op. 28: No. 21 in B-Flat Major, Cantabile
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24 Préludes, Op. 28: No. 22 in G Minor, Molto agitato
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24 Préludes, Op. 28: No. 23 in F Major, Moderato
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24 Préludes, Op. 28: No. 24 in D Minor, Allegro appassionato
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Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35: I. Grave. Doppio movimento
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Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35: II. Scherzo
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Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35: III. Marche funèbre
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Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35: IV. Finale. Presto
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