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3.7 out of 5 stars
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3.7 out of 5 stars


on 16 November 2001
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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on 19 October 2016
It is one thing attending a live performance, and something completely different listening to a live performance on the hifi at home. Far too many coughs, splutters an other disturbances intrude, cumulating in the noise of the applause at the end, which almost sounds as if it has been added as an afterthought.

The music is fine, though the recording is average, but as the finale of each piece approaches, I feel that I am simply waiting for and dreading the applause. One for the charity shop I'm afraid.
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on 23 August 2010
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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on 6 January 2014
WARNING: In the previous 16 reviews listed here, many are for the Argerich/Dutoit recordings. Amazon needs to shift them to the appropriate place. This review is of the Perahia/ Mehta recording.

Perahia's piano sounds fine, and his playing is as lucid and dynamically refined as ever it was, BUT . . . these are concertos, and it's not at all clear what the orchestra is contributing, so a vital context for Perahia's playing is missing. The orchestral openings are unrefined and too recessed in sound, and once the piano enters, the orchestra seems to disappear for long stretches or to be audible only as a soupy wash well back in the aural picture. The idea that Mehta is contributing to the shape and texture of these pieces just doesn't come through. I'm fully aware that Chopin isn't Brahms or Schumann, but still . . . he went to the trouble of writing for the orchestra, and we need to hear it. It needs to be closer in the aural picture (I wouldn't want the piano further back -- it's just fine), and it needs to have a more focused sound from the engineers. And it would be nice if Mehta could contribute some sense of direction. Galliera for Pollini and Abbado for for Argerich (on EMI and DGG respectively) serve the pianists better. So, for that matter, does Ormandy for Ax. I know that these were live performances, but this was around 1990, so there's really no excuse for CBS/Sony's poor showing here.
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on 14 October 2015
A decent recording with predictably good playing by Perahia. As regards concerto no 1, I recommend Perahia's 1979 version with the same conductor but with the NYPO. For no 2, try Zimerman 's second DG recording, or the 1960s Decca Ashkenazy.
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on 13 October 2015
Quite brilliant - a wonderful live recording.
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