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  • Conductor: Jun Markl
  • Composer: Chopin
  • Audio CD (3 Mar. 2014)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Linn Records
  • ASIN: B00HCSRTO8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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Award-winning pianist Ingrid Fliter makes her Linn debut with a distinctive performance of Chopins notoriously difficult piano concertos, featuring the Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Jun Märkl.
Since winning the silver medal at the 2000 Frederic Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Ingrid has built a reputation as a first-rate Chopin interpreter.
Fliter has previously recorded two all-Chopin discs; her interpretation of the complete Chopin Waltzes received several five star reviews and was named as the Telegraph's CD of the Week and Classic FM Magazine's Editors Choice.
Chopins Piano Concerto No. 1 is a thoughtfully scored composition that allows the piano to shine. The Scottish Chamber Orchestras beautifully delicate playing perfectly highlights Fliters authoritative, yet expressive performance.
Fliter carefully and skilfully showcases the range of tones in Chopins second piano concerto, from the dramatic introductory chords at the opening of the first movement to the sweetly lyrical second movement where the Scottish Chamber Orchestras woodwinds vie for centre stage. Fliter is a breathtaking performer whose performance of Chopins commanding chords and lightening speed runs are effortless.
Ingrid Fliter first sprang to international attention when she was awarded the 2006 Gilmore Artist Award, one of only a handful of pianists to have received this honour.
Ingrid Fliter was also selected as a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist from 2007-2009, working with several of the BBC orchestras under the auspices of this programme.
Ingrid Fliter works with orchestras such as Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
2014 is the Scottish Chamber Orchestras fortieth anniversary year; Chopin: Piano Concertos is its twenty first recording with Linn.
Conductor Jun Märkl is constantly in demand with the worlds leading orchestras and soloists, having studied with Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa.

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Fliter's beautifully considered accounts of the two Chopin concertos like Beethoven's First and Second,they were published in the wrong order reveal a sensibility of rare emotional refinement and high Romantic instincts.The reverie-like romanze of the E minor and larghetto of the F minor sound dreamily improvisatory here.She has plenty of delicacy for the bel canto flourishes of the opening movements,and muscle for the bravura of the folk-dance finales.Solid accompaniments,too. --Sunday Times

Ingrid Fliter was born to play Chopin with power and passion and is completely at one with the music's demands of agility,vim and vigour,says Geoffrey Norris.Ingrid Fliter,the young Argentine pianist,was born to play Chopin,of whose music she has already released two outstanding CDs for EMI.She will be including the 24 Preludes Op 28 in her Wigmore Hall recital(together with Schubert's A major Sonata D959)on June 4,and on this new Linn disc with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra she gives truly wondrous performances of the two piano concertos.The first thing to catch the ear,however,is Jun Märkl's inspired way of dealing with Chopin's much-maligned orchestration.A chamber ensemble of the calibre and responsiveness of the SCO is the ideal medium in which to appreciate the fact that there is a good deal more subtlety of colour and texture to Chopin's scoring than is generally acknowledged.Märkl,without overemphasising the point,tellingly touches in the timbres of horns and woodwind,at the same time giving the string lines shapely contours together with an enlivening spectrum of dynamics and firmly articulated accents.This lends the orchestral part far more than a mere supporting role and makes it a purposeful contributor to the overall effect.Then there is Fliter's playing,and what a pure joy it is.Power, delicacy,refinement and passion are all there in these two concertos.Chopin wrote them in reverse order to the way in which they were published,so that the F minor No 2 was actually composed before the E minor No 1.Be that as it may,both combine the serenity of his nocturnes with the scintillating gleam of the études,the mercurial drama of the scherzos and the narrative span of the ballades,not to mention the tang of Polish dance types that Chopin embodied in his polonaises,mazurkas and krakowiaks.Fliter has a natural,utterly compelling feel and flair for this music,its suppleness of pulse,its glow,its sparkle,its touching fragility and its forceful impetus.Her playing flows artlessly,with pliability and shading that stem from deep within the expressive requirements of the music rather than from any artificially imposed interpretative ideas.Her lyricism is exquisite,her piano tone luminous.When it comes to the pyrotechnics,she is not only completely at one with the demands of agility,vim and vigour but also possesses the essential quality of impeccable taste to preserve the music's poetic perspective. In all respects,a remarkable disc. --Telegraph

…(Fliter)reveals the qualities that have distinguished her earlier Chopin recordings for EMI:her projection of line,so important in these works,her luminous tone,her assured yet unshowy bravura.The outer movements of both Concertos have an authoritative confidence and are often coloured with beautifully judged dynamic shading,while the slow movements,especially of No.2,are beautifully poised and poetic. --BBC Music Magazine

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A/Burrows on 31 Mar. 2014
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I have been fortunate on a few occasions to see Ingrid Fliter live in Glasgow. One of those live performances was of her playing Chopin's Piano Concerto No.2, which was breathtaking. She has made her name playing Chopin, going back to 2003 when she released a disc of a live concert she did at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. More solo Chopin discs followed, including a brilliant recording of complete Chopin waltzes for EMI in 2009. But I and many of her fans have been waiting for her to record his two piano concertos. I am glad to say that this year (2014) she has recorded them for Linn Records and what superb performances she gives of these famous Piano Concertos! For me she really shines in the Second Concerto with great sensitivity in the Larghetto (2nd movement) and sparkling play in the final Allegro Vivace. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Jun Markl gives her a rich and quality backing and they must have thrived on playing with such a gifted musician. Along with Argerich, Pires and Ashkenazy she can be included as a top Chopin interpreter.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Music fan on 14 May 2014
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When the reviews started appearing of this record I thought do I need another coupling of these concertos. They have been very well served throughout recorded history - a few examples being Rubinstein's early 1960s couplings , Argerich's superb records with Dutoit and earlier with Abbado and Rostropovich , Perahia/Mehta , Zimerman ( both directing and with Giulini) , Vasary and Kulka and Semkow and that nonpareil of a recording of the E Minor with Pollini and Kletzki.

Ingrid Fliter's EMI disc of the Waltzes had to my ears marked her as a Chopin player of the first rank so I took the plunge and ordered this too. I found that record of the Waltzes to be enchanting and that adjective aptly describes this recording too . She is accompanied with enormous sensitivity by the SCO and Markl and the concertos sound newly minted . The E Minor is superb but the real triumph is the weaker , earlier concerto the F Minor named No 2 . This can sound wishy washy but in her hands it sounds like a masterpiece and the Larghetto is unmatched .

Probably a first choice now for anyone coming to the concertos as a pair for the first time and an essential purchase for lovers of Chopin .
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 5 Jan. 2015
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This disc has been the recipient of various rave reviews in the musical and regular press as well as those submitted by numerous other collectors. This review can unhesitatingly be added to those without the need for detailed analysis.

The disc is a hybrid SACD/CD format and as such, has been compared in three ways for replay quality as follows:

The CD only option delivers clean sound of good quality but the SACD setting played through the same stereo system is better still with generally better definition and sense of reality. There can be no doubt though that the best result is experienced with the full surround sound when heard in full SACD where the sense of reality is palpable.

Ingrid Fliter first came to increasing media attention via a DVD recital at the 2006 Miami Piano Festival where her program of Haydn, Beethoven and Chopin proved to be little short of astounding. Her later CD of Chopin Waltzes on EMI rightly went straight to the highest level of acclaim in what can only be described as a hotly contested field. That was a remarkable achievement for a relative newcomer on the musical circuit and has set the scene for this new disc.

Her Chopin playing has, like all her playing, absolute technical security coupled with a searching and individually spontaneous element of expression. This is kept within stylistic and period bounds however. Beyond that, as this disc so clearly demonstrates, is a real sense of a dancelike touch so that the music has a real 'lift' as well as a most attractive sense of flow with dramatic edge as appropriate.

However many alternative recordings that collectors may have of these two works, it would seem to be only essential that this new recording from 2013 should be considered very seriously for inclusion.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stephen on 1 April 2014
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This is a great recording of these concertos. Fliter has Chopin under her skin. Listen and wonder. As I do every day!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Waldo the great on 24 Mar. 2014
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This is the best recording I have heard of Chopin's piano concerto's. Played with such passion & feeling. I recomend this recording to anyone who loves piano music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael F. on 6 Jun. 2014
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Technically speaking Flitter is an outstanding artist. I found her interpretation to be very original, performed with impeccable clarity. The high definition quality provided by the SACD recording does also bring this well know pieces into your "home stage" with all their grandeur.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David A. Coppage on 27 Jun. 2014
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I recently heard Ms Fliter in a live all Chopin programme and this prompted me to buy this disc. I have already an elderly but excellent LP fo these works played by Abbey Simon, marrred only by the severe cuts to the opening orchestral tuttis in each concerto's opening movements. On this disc the full texts are played, which happily restores the balance between orchestra and soloist. Ms Fliter's playing is stylish and faultless and, as has been commented elswhere, her rendering of the slow movement of the second concerto is indescribably beautiful
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