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  • Performer: Krystian Zimerman
  • Orchestra: Polish Festival Orchestra
  • Composer: Frederic Chopin
  • Audio CD (18 Oct. 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Deutsche Gramophon
  • ASIN: B00002DE0S
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,720 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Listen  1. Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11 - 1. Allegro maestoso23:23£2.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11 - 2. Romance (Larghetto)12:34£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11 - 3. Rondo (Vivace) 9:51£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Listen  1. Chopin: Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.21 - 1. Maestoso15:35£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Chopin: Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.21 - 2. Larghetto11:05£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Chopin: Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.21 - 3. Allegro vivace 9:04£0.79  Buy MP3 

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By SJCR on 9 Feb. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Being an avid fan of Chopin's piano concertos, I own about 20 or so different versions, and this one is a rather recent jewel of a find...as another reviewer said "almost too perfect", but I'd like to add it really IS perfect in many ways. Not only is the sound quality excellent, the music itself is so beautifully performed, with the subjective "right" balance between the orchestra and pianist (Zimerman outdoes himself here, really). But the most important being that Zimerman is so in tune with the emotions of the concertos, its cadences are remarkably sharp when needed, remarkably sad when needed. It's absolute perfection.

If you want just one version, this should be it. I'm not a musical expert, just a very serious musical fan, and to me, this is without a doubt, the perfect "definitive" recording of Chopin's exquisite concertos.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Feb. 2000
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I was lucky enough to see this particular combination of Zimmerman and his specially formed orchestra live at Birmingham's Symphony Hall, and was exceedingly impressed, and have been no less so by this recording. He brought so many new qualities to 2 pieces which I already new well, and made me look at them in a completely different way. The E minor is my particular favorite, so I will cover that in my review. I can see how some would see his phrasing and use of rubato as being a little too much, particularly in the 2nd mvt and the more expressive parts of the 1st, but as far as I am concerned, it merely adds another dimension to this already sublime piece of music. And his enthusiastic and joyful approach to the krakoviak rondo transforms it from a standard rumbustuous finale into something that provides a complete contrast to the first 2 mvts, and is a fitting end to a wonderful interpretation of this piece, a result that one feels must be aided by the shared Polish origins of Chopin and this soloist-and-ensemble team. All in all, quite fantstic, and very individual.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Christophorus on 30 Oct. 2008
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I have gone through all available different interpretations of these wonderful concertos, spending days to find the best. This one is by far the best. Too many other interprets sadly limit themselves to a technical play (the faster, the better) and see this as the ultimate challenge. Not so Krystian Zimerman! Beside technical perfection, he gets so much emotion and fine tension out of the concertos, it gives them another dimension. This is music! It is incredibly beautiful and fascinating to listen to, and you just wish it would never end...
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By abidoful on 21 Jan. 2010
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This was a recording I remember wating for- of which i heard lots of praise. And when i finally got hold of it, i rushed to buy it. I remember well, how i heard people talking about it (it was released on the 150th anniversary of Chopins death). How it would be "something quite special". Something "extraordinary". And, in a way it IS special- not just the way i quite hoped.

It is queer, strange!It leaves many questions behind. Such as; is THIS really the definite intrepetation of these concertos!?! And still, it HAS so many values! I was left irritated; thankful and charmed at one side,and on the other, irritated, frustrated. Even somewhat--- angry!

Among the wonderful things are those many delicate details which Zimerman and his musicians reveal us.Those small little subleties which lay in the score and have previously been left ignored by many. These include many touches in the orchestration in the final movement of the earlier, f-minor one. Here Zimerman and his orchestra have a new refreshing look of the interplay between the soloist and ensemble in the first part of the movement. And in the middlle part we arrive- in my opinion- to the best part of these recordings. I have never heard it so robustly, yet charmingly executed, the bourdon fifths in the cellos which start this section, sounded really terrific! And in the continuation Zimerman and his ensemble reveal Chopins delicious scoring for the french horn, and later for the first violins which are playing "wrong" grace notes properly at downbeat!There are many such similar subleties to be found. In the first movement of the e-minor concerto they play few previously omitted bars from the final tutti(nevertheless i must say i did not find these bars in my full orchestral score, edited by Paderewski.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By wolfie on 18 Mar. 2012
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Really bought this for the Second Piano concerto after hearing it at a marvellous Valentines concert by the Sussex Symphony Orchestra at St Bart's Church, Brighton but the First is growing on me with every listen of this superb CD.
I'm not an audio geek but I can hear that the instruments have been brilliantly recorded and stand out in their own right.
Zimerman sensitively draws out so much from the music and the Polish orchestra is wonderfully sympathetic to his playing.
I note some of the criticisms of this CD from people with more technical knowledge than myself.
All I can say is it is the best few quid I have ever spent on a classical CD and I get so much pleasure every time I play it; which is often.
I can also recommend Sabine Meyer's stunning Mozart Clarinet Concerto played on the lower register basset clarinet; a truly great recording coupled with a wonderful Sinfonia concertante.
Oh yes, and the service from Amazon was superb.
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