In a sense, this new recording from Evgeni Koroliov of pieces by Frédéric Chopin that he played in his youth, continues on from his last one (Intermezzi by Johannes Brahms TACET 256). Contemplative, intimate music that reaches out calmly and fondly to the listener, allowing him/her to breathe deeply, forgetting the concerns and worries of the world outside. Evgeni Alexandrovich Koroliov is a Russian classical pianist. Koroliov studied at the Moscow Conservatory. Since 1978 he has been a teacher at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. He lives in Hamburg with his wife Ljupka Hadzigeorgieva. Together they also form a musical duo ("Duo Koroliov"). He is mainly associated with the keyboard repertoire of J.S. Bach, but he is also known for his performances of Haydn, Chopin, Debussy, some Mozart and Schumann, and contemporary works like those of Shostakovich.