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AWARDS 2018 BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE
" Julien Brocal's debut album of Chopin Preludes and the 2nd Sonata was praised by critics when released last year. A protégé of Maria Joao Pires, Julien Brocal has a lot to live up to, and this disc the first for both him and the new label Rubicon does so beautifully Guardian."
" You can hear the qualities Pires admires in his playing, there is a kind of meditative poetry to the Op. 28 Preludes, wrapt stillness, restraint and intensity and they emerge as an absorbing set making sense as a whole. An impressive Chopin recital debut for this protege of Maria João Pires, triumphantly vindicating her faith in Brocal, and the faith of this brand- new label Rubicon, something you shouldnt have to cross to hear Chopin playing of this quality BBC Radio 3 Record Review. "
BBC Radio 3
" This is great Chopin, transparent and warm at the same time, fabulously played in both the left and the right, dosed with masterful touch and filled with an inexpressible longing for something that is impossible and yet lets it materialise somehow. In short, we are in the unfathomable realm of a Lipatti, Pollini, Blechacz sometimes even Cortot. "
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