June De Toth, All Chopin Recital

Daphne Carr

By Daphne Carr

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Primarily known for her stunning interpretations of Béla Bartók, June de Toth excellently captures the lyrical sensitivity and chromatic intensity of Chopin's beloved piano works. Her most sensitive, rubato-filled interpretations occur on the waltzes and mazurkas, Central European dance genres Chopin filled with ornamentation often turned heavy in the wrong hands. The mazurkas, based on folk dances from Chopin's homeland of Mazovia, became popular 19th-century Parisian society dances, and Chopin's 50 highly stylized, contemplative and highly modal examples of the genre helped fuel the drive for Slavonic nationalist art music.