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Nelson Freire

— Piano

This was an outstanding concert from first note to last…Nelson Freire is one of the world’s truly great pianists, a musician’s musician through and through. His communion is unfailingly with the music…What set this performance apart was its sheer completeness, the pianist inhabiting the work’s every nook and cranny through burnished deep-rooted sound, power and grandeur aplenty but also moments of exceptional delicacy… Freire’s contemplative exploratory playing soon took us to the heart of the matter though.
Classical Source

In the age... when overt showmanship reaps big rewards and grabs lots of attention, the Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire offers a gentle reminder that decorous piano playing and interpretive depth have an irresistible power all their own. Mr. Freire, wastes no energy on useless physicality.... (his) tone palette is stocked mainly with subtle shades instead of bright neon colors. (and) with a measure of freshness that came as a pleasant surprise in music so familiar
The New York Times

Freire's playing (of the Grieg Concerto) mesmerized right from the start. He played the opening cadenza with unusual restraint. His phrasing was fluid and lyrical throughout.
Boston Globe


Born in Boa Esperança, a small town in the interior of the state of Minas Gerais (Brazil), Nelson Freire is now a universally acclaimed artist. He has received honours and decorations in numerous countries, and regularly collaborates with top class orchestras, conductors, and recital halls worldwide. He has signed an exclusive contract with DECCA and his regular recordings have led him to explore the works with a deeper insight and unique creative power.

At the age of twelve, as finalist at the first International Piano Competition of Rio de Janeiro . . .

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