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Nelson Freire to Release ‘Encores’ to Celebrate His 75th Birthday

In celebration of his 75th birthday on October 18, Nelson Freire will release Encores on Decca, a very personal selection of works he has performed across a lifetime at the piano. Listen to the first single here.

With 30 tracks ranging from Purcell to Rachmaninov, Scarlatti to Shostakovich and twelve of Grieg’s Lyric pieces, the album also includes such treasures as the Sgambati Mélodie de Gluck, the Paderewski Nocturne and Albeniz’s Navarra.

An exclusive Decca artist since 2001, he has sold over 360,000 albums worldwide and won the Latin GRAMMY for Best Classical Album in 2013 for Brasileiro.

Freire has long been considered a connoisseur’s pianist, gaining legions of fans all over the world for his “dazzling” (BBC Music Magazine) and “tasteful” (Forbes) playing style. Since his international career began in 1959, he has appeared at virtually every important musical centre, either in recital or working with countless distinguished conductors and orchestras as a featured soloist. A great musical collaborator, he has toured extensively with Martha Argerich, with whom he shares a long-term friendship and musical partnership.

Discover more about the album, including the track list, here.