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Berkshire Eagle
'From the opening flight of melody, Fliter took you to places you never expected to go in this well-worn work, and made you glad you went. Her way with melody was glistening; her freedom with phrase and rhythm was luxurious.'
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The Telegraph
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Fono Forum
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Klara
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AllMusic
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Sinfini Music
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The Sunday Times
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MusicWeb International
‘There’s plenty of bravura and power in the outer movements without any sense of showing off and there’s poetry in the slow movements…’
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The Scotsman
4 Stars
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The Big Issue
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My Classical Notes
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BBC Music Magazine
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The Guardian
4 Stars
‘This is very much Chopin playing in the great tradition: rich-toned, generous though never profligate with its rubato, and invested with a vast range of keyboard colour.’
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SA-CD.net
4½ Stars
‘The scintillating performances of the outer movements of these two concertos exemplify this pianist's immaculate technique and excellent musicianship.’
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Classic FM
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The West Australian
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Ingrid Fliter - Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Chopin: Piano Concertos - MusicWeb International


01 April 2014
MusicWeb International
Paulo Corfield Godfrey

As it so happened, this CD arrived for review the day after I had encountered this pianist in a performance of the Beethoven Fourth Piano Concerto in Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff - a concert that was also broadcast live on Radio 3. At that concert I had been impressed by Fliter's strength of tone as well as her subtlety. These are two virtues that stand her in good stead in the music of Chopin. What we hear are big-boned performances of the two piano concertos, supported by an orchestra that sounds far from ‘chamber' in scale - all in the resonant acoustic of Usher Hall. I have also been impressed by the developing career of Jun Märkl, an interpreter who pays real attention to a composer's scores, and often finds unexpected nuggets of interest even in those which the listener thought they knew well.
 
Fliter and Märkl make an excellent and responsive partnership in this standard coupling of the two Chopin piano concertos. The orchestra, as I have indicated, sounds more substantial than one would expect from the sheer number of players involved; but this means that there is plenty of give-and-take. Given Linn's excellent engineering, the realism of the sound is tangible with a gorgeous bloom on all the instruments; I listened in stereo rather than the multi-channel option. To cite just two moments of sheer enchantment, the sense of inner rapture that Fliter captures at 11.22 in the first movement of the Second Concerto (track 4) is magic indeed. The orchestral playing at the start of the slow movement in the same concerto (track 5) has an atmosphere of stillness that sets the scene ideally for the dreamy initial entrance of the soloist.
 
The coupling of these two concertos is a staple of the CD repertoire, and preference for one or another individual pianist will govern the choice of potential Chopinophile purchasers. Those who are looking for an excellent performance in modern sound will find this disc admirably fits the bill. The value of the issue is enhanced by substantial and informative notes (ten pages) by Michael Quinn.


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