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Ingrid Fliter - Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Chopin: Piano Concertos - The Scotsman

As a Chopin interpreter, Argentine-born pianist Ingrid Fliter eschews fawning sentimentality and affection. Instead, we have here two robustly poetic performances of the Polish composer's two piano concertos, both from Fliter herself, and from the accompanying Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Jun Märkl. The solo playing is exquisite, liquidly expressive in the slow movements, firm-toned but dance-like and deliciously pliable in the faster ones. Märkl responds with equal freshness and immediacy, finding genuine character and linear definition in the often-maligned orchestral writing. Chopin with attitude and integrity.

The Scotsman
13 March 2014