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Zacharias/Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne

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  • Audio CD (9 Sep 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MDG
  • ASIN: B0007X6T1Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 209,767 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11: I. Allegro maestosoBudapester Sinfonie Orchestra, Eduardo Marturet20:56Album Only
Listen  2. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11: II. Romanza (Larghetto)Eduardo Marturet, Budapester Sinfonie Orchestra10:30Album Only
Listen  3. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11: III. Rondo (Vivace)Eduardo Marturet, Budapester Sinfonie Orchestra 9:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21: I. MaestosoOliver von Dohnanyi, Slovak Philharmonic14:07Album Only
Listen  5. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21: II. LarghettoOliver von Dohnanyi, Slovak Philharmonic 9:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21: III. Allegro vivaceOliver von Dohnanyi, Slovak Philharmonic 8:20£0.99  Buy MP3 

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Morgan M on 6 Feb 2010
Format: Audio CD
I believe that Chopin was in love at the time he wrote the E minor Concerto and his wistful returning melody evokes the yearning of young love.

This is a very modern recording - in the sense of the digital technology, but the playing timeless and evocative.

The opening orchestral melody followed by the piano's imposing entry is pure theatre - and I have never tired of it. The rest of the first movement is dramatic and yet poignant. The middle movement is an oasis of serenity and the final movement is no less poetic. The piano is the star in the piece - how could it be otherwise with Chopin - but I did not ever feel that the Orchestra was just a 'bit part player' (perhap others people would disagree).

I can't recommend the Concerto No 1. (a masterpiece in my opinion), nor this recording highly enough. (The Concerto No 2 is rather good too). The Penguin Guide gives it a Rosette...I rest my case.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David B on 18 Mar 2008
Format: Audio CD
Having listened to m any recordings of these works, this is definitely my favourite version. Zacharias directs the ochestra from the keyboard which, combined with the smaller than usual forces gives the performances a much more intimate feel. The playing is first class and the cound is crystal clear - recommended without hesitation
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I would not want to be without my Zimerman/Giulini or Argerich/Dutoit readings, let alone the freshness of Pollini/Kletzki in the first concerto, and yet this more intimate chamber scale approach on a marvellously engineered disc brings musical insights acknowledged in critical acclaim as pointed out by the reviewers above. I was motivated in purchasing after reading the penguin guide and this provides a fascinating fresh perspective for both works.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Chopin #2 Interpreted by Weissenberg 8 Dec 2006
By Joseph Poulshock - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I read the other reviews of this album and am disappointed that it was not more favorably received. I have three other interpreters (Perahia, Argerich and Ax all purchased from Amazon) so far - some mentioned by one reviewer and I find this reading by Weissenberg to be the most inspired and beautiful performance I've ever listened to of any music (and I've been a listener for over fifty years), especially the second movement of the 2nd concerto. I keep playing all the music from all four CD's and keep coming back to the Weissenberg as being the best. By all means buy the others. And compare them for yourself.

The interpretation of the second movement is haunting, eloquent, and lyrical. It reminds me of the parting, the sweet sorrow of two lovers, never to meet again, of the loss of a dear friend or relative. I have found nothing wrong with it. I am inspired by it - I paint portraits - and I'm put into a frame of mind that extracts more beauty from the paint brush touching the canvas when I listen to this CD.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Great performances by the greatest Chopin pianist. 2 Aug 2003
By D. R. Schryer - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Alexis Weissenberg, although not as famous as he deserved to be, was one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century -- equal or superior in both technique and artistry to all of the more famous "celebrity" pianists. Although Weissenberg gave outstanding performances in a wide range of repertoire, he was without peer in his performances of the music of Chopin. Weisenberg's performances of Chopin's two piano concertos, presented on this CD, transcend any others I have ever heard. Every lover of the music of Chopin -- indeed of classical music -- should have this superb bargain-priced disc in his or her collection and savor it regularly.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Masterly 5 Mar 2003
By Avid Reader - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Frequently one hears criticism of the Concertos. This is quite remarkable in itself since Chopin is the one composer adored by not only amateur and professional performers but also by the general public. Yet one must admit that the Concertos lack that little something that the smaller pieces carry. This is most likely due to the composer's love affair with the piano. All else was secondary to him - voice, woods, reeds, brass. His piano sang, it cried tears like no violin ever has, it became an orchestra of sound in the Scherzos.
Still, Rubinstein's treatment of these works is anything but superficial. He gives the same articulate expression to them as he would the shortest Mazurka. Although an orchestra exists, it is the piano that shines through - like a movie with one actor and several off-stage voices. While the music itself may not be as exciting as other works, the performance is top-notch, the notes crystal clear, glittering. It is a masterful performance with not a single glitch.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Raymond Vacchino - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I had the great privilege of hearing Rubinstein play the Chopin Concertos at Massey Hall in Toronto. In a generally anti-romantic age, two great pianists remained to carry the flag of romanticism. One is Horowitz and the other Arthur Rubinstein. His career mounted to the point where many considered him the greatest living all-round pianist: an artist at home with Beethoven, a Chopin pianist in the greatest tradition, a specialist in Spanish and impressionist music. The Chopin concertos display Rubinstein's poise and joie de vivre.To his overflowing temperament was added discipline,color and a fine musical mind. His playing of Chopin's music earned him the title, the romantic pianist "par excellence"-but the modern kind of romantic pianist. Romantic as it is, it is entirely unmannered, and almost always true to the text. His performances of these concertos shows playing expressed with a gorgeous tone, with bigness, sanity, directness and emotional clarity.
Considering the generation in which Rubinstein was reared, his respect for the text and his direct rhythm are all the more a miracle. His Chopin playing--and he was the greatest living Chopinist- unfolds with suavity, poetry and aristocracy, and above all, with ardor. As the man, so his music!

Author: Raymond Vacchino M.Mus. (MT) A.Mus. Licentiate,(honorary) L.R.S.M.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Christian Zacharias into Chopin's land 24 Oct 2011
By P. Adrian - Published on
Format: Audio CD
When it comes to Chopin, there are lots of super-class pianists that struggle to take the stage and bring the spotlight on their very performances. Once mastering a flawless technique, almost of all of them seem to consider themselves as entitled to tackle the great romantic's oeuvre. But actually, there are a very few who can exhibit the needed insight to get the essence of this very special music. Of course, the technical wizardry is a key ingredient in giving a remarkable interpretation of Chopin's Etudes, Polonaises, Scherzos. Or even Concertos, as is here the case. Yet, this only quality is definitely not enough, in absence of a deep empathy with the romantic mood of the scores or a special flexibility in dealing with its contrasting feelings. (However, some of the greatest pianists of all times - such as Alfred Brendel or Radu Lupu - have avoided immersing in Chopin's universe, since their affinity to this music seemed incomplete.)

A few years ago, Christian Zacharias decided that the right time for recording the two Piano Concertos by Chopin has arrived. Accompanied by his fabulous musicians from Chamber Orchestra of Lausanne, Zacharias offers a clean version of the famous works, in a Mozartean style I dare say. And this is not to be seen as a reproach, but rather as a touch of originality. His exquisite flair in performing Scarlatti and Mozart helps him here to give a poised rendition, with no romantic excesses, with sober and elegant solutions, with rather a chamber approach in conversing with the orchestra. Maybe, there are in the market some more flamboyant versions (Argerich, Zimerman, Barenboim, Ohlsson, Perahia, Leonskaja) or older cornerstones in the catalogue (Arrau, Rubinstein, Bolet) that could claim the first place. This recording can stand in its own right along with all these canonical versions.

My overall rating for this MDG 2005-release would go somewhere between 4 and 5 stars, but I finally choose 5, taking into account my unconditional esteem for this wonderful musician called CHRISTIAN ZACHARIAS!
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