Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

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All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
Although this two-disc set features a wealth of smaller and lesser-known works of Chopin, the collection definitively shines the spotlight on the two piano concertos and the performance of legendary Chopin interpreter Garrick Ohlsson. This remastered recording of the 1976 originals does immense justice to the suave, elegant nature that characterized Ohlsson's Chopin playing, and which was likely responsible for his unexpected victory at the 1970 Chopin International Competition. While his sound is not as robust or full as Arthur Rubinstein another famed Chopin champion of the same era, his technique is virtually flawless. Every note, nuance, and articulation shines ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
Although this two-disc set features a wealth of smaller and lesser-known works of Chopin, the collection definitively shines the spotlight on the two piano concertos and the performance of legendary Chopin interpreter Garrick Ohlsson. This remastered recording of the 1976 originals does immense justice to the suave, elegant nature that characterized Ohlsson's Chopin playing, and which was likely responsible for his unexpected victory at the 1970 Chopin International Competition. While his sound is not as robust or full as Arthur Rubinstein another famed Chopin champion of the same era, his technique is virtually flawless. Every note, nuance, and articulation shines through with remarkable clarity. This is not to say that his playing is mechanistic or unfeeling; rather, Ohlsson gives us a lean and precise performance with appropriate measures of rubato and sentimentality. Chopin was certainly not famous for his orchestral part-writing abilities, yet the Polish Radio NSO does an impressive job of maintaining interest during the orchestral tuttis. It should be noted that both the English and German translations of the liner notes mistakenly refer to "Concerto No. 1" as the "E major" concerto; for some reason only the French version correctly identifies it as E minor. This is a magnificent collection, and listeners unfamiliar with Ohlsson owe it to themselves to give him a try.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/2006
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • UPC: 094637147221
  • Catalog Number: 71472
  • Sales rank: 6,750

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, CT. 47 - Frédéric Chopin & Jerzy Maksymiuk (39:59)
  2. 4–6 Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21, CT. 48 - Frédéric Chopin & Jerzy Maksymiuk (31:46)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Fantasy on Polish Airs for piano & orchestra in A major, Op. 13, CT. 41 - Frédéric Chopin & Jerzy Maksymiuk (14:28)
  2. 2 Rondo à la krakowiak for piano & orchestra in F major, Op. 14, CT. 194 - Frédéric Chopin & Jerzy Maksymiuk (13:39)
  3. 3 Introduction and variations on a German Air ("Der Schweizerbub") for piano in E major, KK. IVa/4, CT. 227 (B. 14) - Frédéric Chopin & Paolo Bordoni (9:20)
  4. 4 Variation on the March from Bellini's I Puritani, for piano in E major (No. 6 of collaborative work "Hexaméron"), KK IIb/2, CT. 230 - Frédéric Chopin & Paolo Bordoni (1:57)
  5. 5 Rondo for piano in C minor, Op. 1, CT. 192 - Frédéric Chopin & Danielle Laval (8:37)
  6. 6 Rondo à la Mazur for piano in F major, Op. 5. CT. 193 - Frédéric Chopin & Danielle Laval (8:24)
  7. 7 Introduction in C minor and Rondo in E flat major for piano, Op. 16, CT. 195 - Frédéric Chopin & Danielle Laval (10:39)
  8. 8 Rondo for 2 pianos (or solo piano) in C major, Op. 73, CT. 196 - Frédéric Chopin & Danielle Laval (8:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Garrick Ohlsson Primary Artist
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