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Tomasz Ritter, winner of the 1st International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments (Warsaw, September 2018), has produced one of the finest ever period piano CDs

NIFCCD 146 - Lessel, Haydn,  Voříšek , Beethoven, Chopin (2023) I feel I have nothing left to say about this magnificent, electrifying recording apart from the fact it is without doubt the finest period piano recording I have ever heard.  In my adopted role as music critic I have experienced many!  First of all, here is an extract of my criticism of the Ritter performance in Stage II of the competition when he won the 1st International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments in September 2018 : Tomasz Ritter has had a distinguished career associated with both the harpsichord and the historical piano with his outstanding teachers. He has won prestigious prizes and performed with fine orchestras under well-known conductors. I expected his recital to be remarkable and so it was. He began unexpectedly with a stylish rendition of the Kurpiński polonaise on the  Buchholtz  with most attractive phrasing which added greatly to the period feel. The Chopin polonaise was possessed of the same ch