Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel, Brioso Recordings, 2002
13 Tracks, 1:06:35 playing total playing time.
"I appreciated especially the musical quality of the playing. Malinee
Peris has given a very refined interpretation of this French Music. I will
broadcast this CD (BR127) on the Radio Station Klara (the classic Radio of
Flanders), so a lot of Belgian Radio will enjoy the playing byMalinee Peris."
"I appreciated especially the musical quality of the playing. Malinee Peris has given a very refined interpretation of this French Music. I will broadcast this CD (BR127) on the Radio Station Klara (the classic Radio of Flanders), so a lot of Belgian Radio will enjoy the playing byMalinee Peris."
Luc Van Gool, Producer VRT (Belgian Radio and Television).
From Portugal to Brazil, Brioso
36 Tracks, 1:18:31 total playing time.
"She plays with a refinement and depth of sonority beyond the grasp of the recent competiton."
-The American Record Guide
"The Fantasia Baetica written by De Falla for Rubinstein was brilliant."
The Daily Telegraph.
program is chosen well, with good contrast in moods, and played with an
emphasis on expressiveness and lyricism, though Ms Peris has no trouble
summoning up thunder when she needs to, as in the stormy Revolutionary Etude
(Op. 10:12) that opens the program. She plays the famous Funeral March
without a hint of parody and the Prelude, Mazurka, and the other two Etudes
with simple, gentle lyricism that contrasts effectively with the drama of
the Scherzo and two Ballades. The Nocturne may occasionally be more
perfectly rendered, but it doesn’t happen often.
The Chopin Bicentennial two years ago prompted me to finally get the Ohlsson (Arabesque, recently reissued on Hyperion) and Ashkenazy (Decca) sets, and while I prefer their more emphatic approaches in the bigger, more dramatic works, I will return to this disc. In fact, I’ve played it a bunch of times while I’ve been working late and the office is empty (best time to be at work!) and have found that both the performances and the combination of pieces continue to delight me.
The recorded sound is solid and serviceable, though maybe not quite the absolute state of the art. A little more firmness in the bass and a warmer, less glassy tone to the upper mid-range would be nice. But these are the kind of quibbles one can have when there's a whole shelf of Chopin CDs in the next room.
There’s more to this program than “just” music. Titled My Journey From Darkness to Light With Chopin, the album is the result of the pianist’s experience going through chemotherapy and radiation for cancer. “This was the time I turned to music and my piano. I played Bach, Beethoven, Schumann, Ravel, and finally I came back to the love of my youth—Chopin. His music suited my state of mind best during this time.” In the notes she discusses her alternating moods of despair and hope—and how the different Chopin pieces were intertwined—on her journey to eventual recovery. We can be grateful that this album is a product of that. Of course, you don't have to know about any of these matters to enjoy this, but when I finished reading the notes, I have to say that, at least briefly, I was grateful for even the ordinary annoyances of my life!”
HANSEN, American Record Guide, November/December 2012