Frederic Chopin composed only two piano concertos during his short life, in addition to the numerous etudes, impromptus, nocturnes, polonaises and other pieces he wrote for solo piano. Pianist Istvan Szekely and the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Gyula Nemeth, give brilliant performances of both Chopin's piano concertos on this CD. Outer movements are played with typically Chopinesque warmth and freshness, and, in the finales of both concertos, a wonderful, Hungarian dancelike quality. Especially enjoyable to me are the slow movements, which are beautifully and elegantly played with the romantic and poetic quality for which Chopin was noted.
This CD was awarded three stars by the Penguin Guide to Compact Discs. (Three stars signify an outstanding performance and recording in every way.) It is also one of my personal favorites. Highly recommended!