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Krystian Zimerman, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Carlo Maria Giulini – Frederic Chopin – Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (1978/79/2002) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Frederic Chopin – Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 – Krystian Zimerman, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Carlo Maria Giulini (1978/79/2002)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:12:30 minutes | 1,22 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: | © Deutsche Grammophon
Recorded: November 1978, Music Centre, Los Angeles; November 1979, Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles

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

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11
1. 1. Allegro maestoso 20:06
2. 2. Romance (Larghetto) 10:40
3. 3. Rondo (Vivace) 09:50
Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.21
4. 1. Maestoso 14:14
5. 2. Larghetto 09:09
6. 3. Allegro vivace 08:29

Krystian Zimerman, Piano
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Carlo Maria Giulini, Conductor


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