Gramophone

Alicja Fiderkiewicz tends to overstate, trying too hard for maximum eloquence. Free-spirited to the last, she leaves a fashionably nonchalant or disengaged Chopin to others, storming through the C minor Nocturne’s central fusillade of octaves with a sure sense of rhetoric and declamation. Elsewhere, her rubato is more push-and-pull than give-and-take and her impulsive fits and starts disfigure much of the A flat ballade and Polonaise-fantaisie. There are also some wildly rushed fences at the end of the latter and several smudges that would have benefited from a producer’s hand. Well recorded.

—Bryce Morrison