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  • Performer: Martha Argerich
  • Conductor: Charles Dutoit
  • Audio CD (1 Mar. 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00000IWVP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,318 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Piano Concerto No.1 in E Minor, Op.11: I. Allegro maestosoMartha Argerich/Charles Dutoit/Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal19:11Album Only
Listen  2. Piano Concerto No.1 in E Minor, Op.11: II. Romanze (Larghetto)Martha Argerich/Charles Dutoit/Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 9:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Piano Concerto No.1 in E Minor, Op.11: III. Rondo (Vivace)Martha Argerich/Charles Dutoit/Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 9:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Piano Concerto No.2 in F Minor, Op.21: I. MaestosoMartha Argerich/Charles Dutoit/Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal13:43Album Only
Listen  5. Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor Op.21: II: LarghettoMartha Argerich/Charles Dutoit/Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 8:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Piano Concerto No.2 in F Minor, Op.21: III. Allegro vivaceMartha Argerich/Charles Dutoit/Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 8:27£0.99  Buy MP3 

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With the exception of these two early piano concertos, most of Frederic Chopin's output was devoted to miniatures. Through these concertos, however, Chopin transformed the piano into an ideal vehicle for romanticism and established his own reputation as the premiere soloist of his day. Written in the artistically sheltered world of Warsaw, No. 1 was premiered by Chopin when he was 20 and reflects his intense wish for Polish independence. The centrality of the piano is revealed in the opening, Brahmsian "Maestoso", and continues with the idyllic, moonlit reverie of "Romanze". In the concluding rondo, the composer offers authentic excerpts of Cracow folk music. Concerto No. 2 (actually written before No. 1, but published later) once again places the piano in a prominent role, though the conventional sonata form is discarded for a theme-and-variations approach in the opening movement. Charles Dutoit keeps the reconstituted forces of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (now consisting of strings, four horns, two trumpets, winds in pairs, timpani, and trombone) in a state of constant alert, thereby allowing Argerich to create a spontaneous, acrobatic performance that spins with the abandon of fireworks. There is no reason to consider this collaboration to be anything less than definitive. --Kevin Mulhall

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109 of 111 people found the following review helpful By GARY ANDERSON on 4 Oct. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Most of those who buy classical music recordings will have these Concertos in some form or another, and may be wondering why they should purchase yet another rendition. Well the simple reason is that this CD is the only one that I have heard to do full justice to all parts of these often misunderstood works.
Chopin's piano concertos were written while he was still a young man, and are often criticised for the rather academic and self-concious outer movements. Indeed the long tutti that opens the first concerto is as far from 'Chopinesque' music as he ever got (it was even rumoured that the orchestration was carried out by a colleague), and the 'mazurka' embedded in the third movement is playful, but a world apart from any of the haunting and beautiful solo piano music.
However, the stoic and occasionally flat-footed writing of the outer movements in both concertos,frame two slow movements of such inspiration that they have (in my opinion) yet to be equalled by any composer since. These melodies are amongst the most evocative ever written, and are delicatley underpinned with a subtle orchestral score that lets every golden note hang in the air.
Argerich and Dutoit are absolutley aware of this, and while they dance, whirl and march round the outer parts with all the panache required, they melt into the inner sections with the utmost telepathic polish and grace. I am not Argerich's biggest fan (I think the Rachmaninov D minor concerto with Chailly is horribly over-rated), but her wonderful sense of timing and very subtle rubato turn these performances into pure gold.
The recording quality is good, but the intensity of the performance is the real reason to buy this CD. It is clear that they both love these works very much - I think anyone who has heard them would love them too.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Nov. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Perahia, Mehta, the Israel Philharmonic and the Sony Sound Engineers all excel themselves in this outstanding live recording. The delicacy of touch and the sense of timing delivered by Perahia in both concerti are complemented by the measured approach of Zubin Mehta and his orchestra with a lightness which never threatens to overwhelm the piano. The engineers have the balance just right and the audience is unusually quiet. If you can listen to the achingly beautiful Romanze of the first concerto without being moved to tears or fail to marvel at the sheer virtuosity displayed in the final movement, you have no soul. For me, this is the finest version of these marvellous works and I cannot imagine that Chopin himself could improve on the performance. If I had to choose just one CD to save from my collection, this would be it. Bravo!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By abidoful on 23 Aug. 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Fresh, satisfying; those are the words that come to my mind when i think of this disc. These are btw live-performances wich adds a certain charm, the audience is definately most enthusiastic and its presence doesn't bother a bit-- you probably won't even notice it until the applause's.

In this recording these concertos really sound what they are; orchestral works. There are so many orchestral subleties in this recording which delight the ear and which you probably never heard before, while the solo part is in no way overshadowed. These performances may lack some of the emotional temperature say, that early recording from late 1960's by Martha Argerich with Claudio Abbado, but the works themselves come out as great early/classic romantic music, which makes sense since Chopin was composing these concertos right after the deaths of Beethoven and Schubert and always remained a great admirer of Mozart.

If you really want to hear music as it's written, to hear everything the composer wrote in his score played with energy, charm and enthusiasm, then this is for you.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Music fan on 18 Sept. 2010
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I am more than amazed by the two star review given to this recording . Splendid as Argerich's recording coupled with the Liszt 1 from her youth is, it yields in no way to this recording in my opinion.

The Chopin 2 is I think a better and more characteristic performance than her recording with Rostropovich .

I have no fault to find with the orchestral accompaniment. Dutoit is sympathetic and responsive - indeed these are readings which show that Chopin was no means as bad an orchestrator as some would have you believe . Most of all, however , the recordings are about not Argerich but Chopin. Time and again her playing brings out the endless invention of this composer and unlike some plainer performances they never bore.

This is a great recording of marvellous works that will give purchasers tremendous joy and satisfaction . Up there with Pollini/Kletzki and Lipatti in No 1 and Rubinstein in both .

Superb.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 25 Nov. 2013
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This disc, very well recorded in 1998, makes for an obvious and desirable coupling of the two Chopin concertos. That this is not often offered is perhaps due to the combined playing time of about 70 minutes which approaches the usual limit of CD content. However, as EMI clearly demonstrate with this recording, there is no really good reason not to so couple them and there is no audible degradation in sound that can be detected.

Martha Argerich made her reputation as a Chopin specialist, or at least as a pianist with particular empathies for Chopin, right from the start of her illustrious career. These two performances could be seen as a culmination of a lifetime's experience of fulfilling such a role. Consequently every filigree detail, turn of phrase or burst of energy after more reflective moments is scrupulously observed. This attention to such detail is also delivered by Charles Dutoit with his orchestra and a seamless pair of recordings is the final result.

A recent documentary DVD / Blu-ray has been issued with the unattractive title of 'Bloody Daughter' and one of the most lasting attractions of the disc is the bonus of a 'live' concert performance from 2010 of the first concerto with Martha Argerich in Warsaw. That performance has all the signs of spontaneous vigour and risk-taking that are not to be found on this well prepared pair of studio recordings, or indeed any other studio recording that I have so far heard. Additionally there is also a great deal to be said for being able to watch Argerich performing 'live' as well as hearing her.

This current disc is certainly able to be ranked with the best available and is a treasurable document. As such I would suggest that it warrants serious consideration by any potential purchaser. However, I would also suggest that the 'live' performance supplied as a bonus on the DVD/Blu-ray as mentioned above offers an extra perspective.
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