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5.0 out of 5 stars Like Raindrops Falling!!!, 10 Feb 2014
This review is from: Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos.1 & 2 (Audio CD)
I had the great privilege of seeing Maria Joao Pires play Chopin's Piano Concerto No.2 live recently in Glasgow with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. It was a breathtaking performance from this legendary Chopin interpreter and I made sure I got her recordings of not just Chopin's second Piano Concerto but the first as well. On this latest disc from DG you get both recordings she made of the two Concertos plus a digital bonus of Chopin's 24 Preludes op.28. She originally recorded the first Concerto in 1998 with Emmanuel Krivine and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. As I have heard the more popular Second Concerto I have often underrated the First one but Maria brought out many details in it that I hadn't heard before with her beautiful and sensitive playing. She recorded the Second Concerto with Andre Previn and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra earlier in 1994 and her touch again is amazing and sounds like raindrops falling. In both recordings the two Orchestras give her a rich and polished backing which along with her superb playing make this CD of Chopin's two Piano Concertos highly recommended.
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Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos.1 & 2
Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos.1 & 2 by Maria Joćo Pires (Audio CD - 2013)
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