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Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

Krystian Zimerman

Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

...extraordinarily expressive
UNI073 (Deutsche Grammophon)
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Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11 - 1. Allegro maestoso

Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11 - 1. Allegro maestoso

Composer Frederic Chopin
Conductor Carlo Maria Giulini 
Soloist Krystian Zimerman
Band Los Angeles Philharmonic
20:04 Play
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Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11 - 2. Romance (Larghetto)

Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11 - 2. Romance (Larghetto)

Composer Frederic Chopin
Conductor Carlo Maria Giulini 
Soloist Krystian Zimerman
Band Los Angeles Philharmonic
10:40 Play
3
Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11 - 3. Rondo (Vivace)

Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11 - 3. Rondo (Vivace)

Composer Frederic Chopin
Conductor Carlo Maria Giulini 
Soloist Krystian Zimerman
Band Los Angeles Philharmonic
09:44 Play
4
Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.21 - 1. Maestoso

Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.21 - 1. Maestoso

Composer Frederic Chopin
Conductor Carlo Maria Giulini 
Soloist Krystian Zimerman
Band Los Angeles Philharmonic
14:15 Play
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Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.21 - 2. Larghetto

Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.21 - 2. Larghetto

Composer Frederic Chopin
Conductor Carlo Maria Giulini 
Soloist Krystian Zimerman
Band Los Angeles Philharmonic
09:09 Play
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Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.21 - 3. Allegro vivace

Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.21 - 3. Allegro vivace

Composer Frederic Chopin
Conductor Carlo Maria Giulini 
Soloist Krystian Zimerman
Band Los Angeles Philharmonic
08:27 Play
Total Running Time 72 minutes
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In this album, the world renowned pianist Krystian Zimerman performs Chopin's 1st and 2nd piano concertos. These performances won him incomparable critical acclaim in his youth and are now available to download together for the first time. If anything, Zimerman's playing has matured with age, becoming even deeper and more expressive.

This album is licensed for download from Deutsche Grammophon.

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‘Chopin's two piano concertos have long been admired more as pianistic vehicles than as integrated works for piano and orchestra. But in his revelatory new recording, Krystian Zimerman suggests otherwise: The opening orchestral tuttis have so much more light, shade, orchestral color, and detail, you wonder if they've been rewritten. Every gesture, every instrumental solo is so specifically characterized that by the time the piano makes a dramatic entrance, the pieces have become operas without words. One may wonder if Chopin intended that. In fact, he knew bel canto opera in his native Poland, but the more positive proof is that the music has so much more to say when treated this way. Some will find the performances disturbing: The interpretations are so much more about content than form, and there's so much tempo and rhythmic flexibility, that the music sometimes seems unmoored and adrift. But upon repeated listening, the sense of fantasy is so beguiling that you wonder if you could ever go back to more conventional performances.' David Patrick Stearns

'The eclectic influences of Steffani's intriguing life... ebb and flow through this sequence: Showy bravura offsets melancholy introspection; quick-fire coloratura gives way to lyricism. Martial percussion, gleaming brass and rich harmonies colour the Italian idiom, while French dance rhythms, by turns robust and graceful, pervade.

Bartoli's plummy mezzo soars, smoulders and seduces, milking the music's vocal and expressive scope to dramatic effect. It's hard to resist her sparkling personality and infectious for this repertoire, much of which she has unearthed herself. The Choir of Swiss Radio & Television and the animated playing of I Barocchisti enhance the sheer theatre and scale of Steffani's talent.' BBC Music Magazine

 

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