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Stunningly beautiful compositions wonderfully interpreted.
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!