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Chopin: The Piano Concertos [Blu-ray] [2011] [Region Free]


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  • Actors: Evgeny Kissin, Nikolai Demidenko, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Format: Classical, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Accentus
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Jan 2011
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004DIPLQS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,875 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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To mark the bicentenary of Chopins birth, two leading Russian pianists tackle the great Romantic composers two piano concertos: Evgeny Kissin plays the F minor Concerto op. 21, a key work in Chopins output, while Nikolai Demidenko performs the E minor Concerto op. 11, a virtuoso display vehicle of the first rank. They are accompanied by the Warsaw Philharmonic under the direction of Antoni Wit. Enthusiastically acclaimed by the audience at Warsaws Philharmonic Hall on 27 February 2010, this memorable concert has been captured in first-class sound and picture quality.

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The consistency with which Demidenko had conceived his interpretation was admirable. There was not a single remark in the score that was omitted or left without interpretation. () After the warm applause two encores were offered. --Magazyn Chopin

After the intermission we heard, for the first time, the rustle of angels wings. Muses were sitting at the balcony and after the final chord Nike descended on her wings from the vault of the Concert Hall, proclaiming the triumph of art. One does not witness such a power, skill and freedom of playing. Evgeny Kissin ravished the audience with his great poetic vision, the powerful creation that made an unforgettable impression. It was a giant fresco, where detail does not matter so much, as the big picture is of prominent importance. --Magazyn Chopin

The climax of Chopin's 200 birthday celebrations held in Warsaw late last February,this concert featured teo russian piaanists offering contrasting views of the composer from the perspective of his two concertos.Having been present at this event ,I am happy to find all its excitement and musical depth preserved-and even amplified-on DVD.The filming at Warsaw's venerable Philharmonic Hall,that high temple of Chopinism,is very atmospheric. Performance,Picture & Sound ***** --BBC Music magazine,Jan'11

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John Manning on 2 Feb 2011
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This concert in celebration of Chopin's birthday caught my eye immediately; both concertos in a concert given in February 2010, on the superior medium of blu-ray, and with Kissin's name prominently displayed. The maturing wunderkind plays the concerto no. 2, while Nikolai Demidenko plays the first (although they may well have been composed in the reverse order). While Demidenko might not have as elevated a profile as Kissin, he is a pianist of rare talent, some of whose recordings on Hyperion occupy a respected place in my collection.
Let me firstly dispose of the excellent Warsaw Philharmonic under Antoni Wit, who must be extremely familiar with this music and play it not only with accuracy but also with affection.
Demidenko concentrates on projecting every note clearly, and to some ears may err towards caution rather than carefree abandon. Nevertheless the fast movements of the first concerto are impressive for their immaculate fingerwork, and the slow middle movement is idyllic. His encore, a mazurka, is less buttoned-down and allows more of Demidenko's obvious affinity with Chopin's music to shine through.
Kissin may be more mature now, but he always showed an understanding beyond his years, so there is for me no great surprise in his interpretation of the concerto no.2. His technique has always been phenomenal, and here he achieves pristine fingerwork to match Demidenko, but with less apparent effort. He also uses more dynamic contrast, in a masculine display of both technique and insight into the composer's mind. The first encore, the 'revolutionary' study, seems designed to upset all wannabee pianists like myself in its accuracy and abandon, and the posthumous waltz that follows varies between limpid delicacy and controlled fury.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 50 REVIEWER on 21 Nov 2011
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It is obvious that opinion is divided over this issue. Generally the Kissin contribution is considered outstanding by any standards. This is true - he fairly sizzles throughout the concerto then completely ignites for the encores!
Demidenko, on the other hand, has disappointed many purchasers, largely for not delivering the same type of brilliance. This is an easily understood reaction but I am not sure that it is quite fair to Demidenko (or maybe even Chopin!).

My personal view is that Demidenko is essentially deliberately taking a more introverted and reflective view. This is not as immediately appealing as it does not portray such surface glitter as could be achieved. However, I have found it to be perfectly satisfying on its own terms and over repeated viewing. It seems to me to be a viable alternative view - but only providing that you already have a livelier, more regular approach in your collection (and there are many to choose from). I certainly don't think the second concerto would have been capable of this view - but that wasn't tried!
So, best to see this as one obvious winner and one possible alternative view which you may, or may not, share. I think 3 stars would be unfair in view of this summary, hence the 4 stars. Maybe 3 and a half ....?

Further comment - I have found this DVD disc to be so sufficiently rewarding in terms of both musical values and recording values, sound and vision combined, that I have since sold it and replaced it with the Blu-ray version. Significantly, I have not regretted this additional investment as the Blu-ray version brings all the advantages of the expected additional recorded clarity at all levels and would be my primary recommendation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TrueEllipsis on 25 May 2011
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It is not often we are able to witness the playing of two different concerti of the same composer by two different artists, back to back, with the same Orchestra, same conductor on the same night. In this instance we have such opportunity.
Mr Demidenko plays the 1st Concerto with the poetry and note perfect clarity that one would assume Chopin himself expressed. It is void of over dramatization, and flash (even if those things are inherently built into the music itself). One gets the impression that Demidenko approach the work with the sensibility of a mature artist seeking to let the music speak for itself and it does just that. It is an approach that works when it is used convincingly and applied evenly throughout the piece and Demidenko achieves his goal perfectly.

After the 1st comes the second with Kissin at the keyboard and from the first note to the last he is a titan. The fiery performance never lets up for a second and Kissin shows exactly why he has carved a name for himself in the music world. Absolutely outstanding performance.

In my opinion the 2nd concerto is the more delicate of the two and would have been better suited for Demidenko's approach whilst Kissin's titanic pianism would have been better suited to the 1st. One can only hope he continues to release more performances in this format.

This is a spectacular DVD add it to your collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 50 REVIEWER on 10 Nov 2011
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It is obvious that opinion is divided over this issue. Generally the Kissin contribution is considered outstanding by any standards. This is true - he fairly sizzles throughout the concerto then completely ignites for the encores!

Demidenko, on the other hand, has disappointed many purchasers, largely for not delivering the same type of brilliance. This is an easily understood reaction but I am not sure that it is quite fair to Demidenko (or maybe even Chopin!).

My personal view is that Demidenko is essentially deliberately taking a more introverted and reflective view than is often presented. This is particularly apparent in the first movement which is surprisingly lacking in show but definitely not lacking in musicianship. The second movement is by nature gently lyrical and this suits Demidenko who then produces plenty of light, rhythmical lift and lilt in the third movement whilst still avoiding superficial glitter. I have found it to be perfectly satisfying on its own terms and over repeated viewing. It seems to me to be a viable alternative view - especially if you already have a livelier, more regular approach in your collection (and there are many to choose from).

As mentioned in the opening paragraph, Kissin gives an altogether livelier account of the second concerto and one will which immediately appeal. There is an altogether captivating blend of extrovert virtuosity and sensitivity throughout all three movements and this results in considerable appreciation from the packed audience. Kissin then goes on to give two encores with all the same characteristics. These more outwardly showy and very popular pieces, an etude and a waltz, contrast once again with the quiet and reflective mazurka chosen by Demidenko as his encore.
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