Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21

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Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 & Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand

Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 & Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand


Chopin:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21

Ellen Ballon (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra

Ravel:

Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand)

Jacqueline Blancard (piano)

L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande


The Eloquence label has restored to modern circulation many recordings of the Swiss conductor Ernest Ansermet, but few of them have been as overlooked as this pair of concertos, which are now released internationally for the first time on CD, in new digital remasterings. French music found Ansermet in his element, and he was a concerto accompanist of renowned sensitivity: ‘the slow movement is particularly sweetly felt,’ as Gramophone remarked in its March 1951 review of the Chopin F minor concerto. In his booklet note, François Hundry (author of the authoritative biography of Ansermet) remarks on the frisson and Romantic sensibility which pianist and conductor create together in this, their only partnership on record.

The Canadian-born pianist Ellen Ballon (1898–1969) was especially renowned for her performances of Chopin and Villa-Lobos. Arthur Rubinstein, no less, once hailed her as ‘the greatest pianistic genius I have ever met’. After a prodigious start to her career, she studied with Rafael Joseffy and Josef Hofmann in New York and then Wilhelm Backhaus in Vienna. Over the course of half a century, she played at the White House for three different US presidents.

Like Ballon, Jacqueline Blancard (1909–1994) made several solo recordings for Decca, of Mozart, Schumann and Brahms. She is hardly better known now, though she gave the Swiss premiere of Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand with Ansermet in 1937, made its first recording the following year (for Polydor under Charles Munch) and then recorded both Ravel concertos for Decca (reissued on Eloquence, 480 0070) with Ansermet, who evidently held his fellow Swiss musician in high esteem. Issued here is not that 1953 recording but yet a third, made in 1949.

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Australian Eloquence - ELQ4825193

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Krystian Zimerman plays Chopin - Vinyl Edition

Krystian Zimerman plays Chopin - Vinyl Edition


Chopin:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21


Krystian Zimerman (piano & conductor)

Polish Festival Orchestra

DG - 4796871

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Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2


Chopin:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21


The young Krystian Zimerman’s distinguished partnership with Carlo Maria Giulini in the Chopin concertos is now made available again physically.

“Immensely clear, lucid pianism and suave, beautifully moulded accompaniments from Giulini and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.” CD Review, 1987

DG Originals - 4795877

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Chopin: Piano Concertos

Chopin: Piano Concertos


Chopin:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21


Award-winning pianist Ingrid Fliter makes her Linn debut with a distinctive performance of Chopin’s notoriously difficult piano concertos, featuring the Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Jun Märkl.

Since winning the silver medal at the 2000 Frederic Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Ingrid has built a reputation as a first-rate Chopin interpreter.

Fliter has previously recorded two all-Chopin discs; her interpretation of the complete Chopin Waltzes received several five star reviews and was named as the Telegraph's ‘CD of the Week’ and Classic FM Magazine's ‘Editors Choice’.

Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 is a thoughtfully scored composition that allows the piano to shine. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s beautifully delicate playing perfectly highlights Fliter’s authoritative, yet expressive performance.

Fliter carefully and skilfully showcases the range of tones in Chopin’s second piano concerto, from the dramatic introductory chords at the opening of the first movement to the sweetly lyrical second movement where the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s woodwinds vie for centre stage. Fliter is a breathtaking performer whose performance of Chopin’s commanding chords and lightening speed runs are effortless.

Ingrid Fliter first sprang to international attention when she was awarded the 2006 Gilmore Artist Award, one of only a handful of pianists to have received this honour.

Ingrid Fliter was also selected as a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist from 2007-2009, working with several of the BBC orchestras under the auspices of this programme.

Ingrid Fliter works with orchestras such as Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

2014 is the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s fortieth anniversary year; ‘Chopin: Piano Concertos’ is its twenty first recording with Linn.

Conductor Jun Märkl is constantly in demand with the world’s leading orchestras and soloists, having studied with Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa.

“there's nothing small-scale about Fliter's performances. This is very much Chopin playing in the great tradition: rich-toned, generous though never profligate with its rubato, and invested with a vast range of keyboard colour. It's all put together meticulously too” The Guardian, 28th February 2014 ****

“True, she sails perilously close to over-sentimentalising the opening Romanza...but Fliter plays with grace and heartfelt sincerity - abetted by some lovely duetting with the SCO's bassoonist - that...I was quickly won over...Fliter, by whatever magical means, touches the heart.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2014

“With so many first-rate recorded performances of varying vintages and in different price-ranges did we need another recording? Emphatically yes, if it’s as good as this new Linn CD...There’s plenty of bravura and power in the outer movements without any sense of showing off and there’s poetry in the slow movements.” MusicWeb International, 13th March 2014

“A chamber ensemble of the calibre and responsiveness of the SCO is the ideal medium in which to appreciate the fact that there is a good deal more subtlety of colour and texture to Chopin’s scoring than is generally acknowledged...Then there is Fliter’s playing, and what a pure joy it is. Power, delicacy, refinement and passion are all there in these two concertos.” The Telegraph, 21st March 2014 *****

“Fliter’s beautifully considered accounts of the two Chopin concertos...reveal a sensibility of rare emotional refinement and high Romantic instincts...She has plenty of delicacy for the bel canto flourishes of the opening movements, and muscle for the bravura of the folk-dance finales. Solid accompaniments, too.” Sunday Times, 23rd March 2014

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Khatia Buniatishvili plays Chopin

Khatia Buniatishvili plays Chopin


Chopin:

Waltz No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64 No. 2

Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 'Marche funèbre'

Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21

Orchestre de Paris, Paavo Järvi

Mazurka No. 13 in A minor, Op. 17 No. 4


A Liszt recital on Sony Classical last year was Khatia Buniatishvili’s critically acclaimed debut as a recording artist. After the great recognition of this first album, she is now following this up with an album that encompasses five works by Frédéric Chopin. This album marks her debut concerto recording with orchestra.

Khatia Buniatishvili has been described by The Independent as “the young Georgian firebrand”. At the age of only 24 years, this Tblisi-born pianist has already achieved an exceptional maturity of interpretation and a distinctive artistic approach that make her playing unmistakable.

In the current season she is the “rising star” in Vienna at the Musikverein and Konzerthaus, is giving recitals in Berlin, Vienna, Amsterdam and Paris, as well as at the Wigmore Hall, is a guest at the festivals in Schwetzingen, Lucerne and Verbier and is making her first appearances with the Munich Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony.

“the most completely successful item on her enjoyable new Chopin disc is the stormy B flat minor Sonata...The young Georgian musician shows a remarkable command of her instrument and a volatility that may remind some of Martha Argerich. Yet Buntiahsvili's is not an entirely coherent view of the first moment's structure. She grasps the more straightforward trajectories of the remaining movements, delivering a gripping performance.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2012 ****

“Speeds are flexible; the phrasing is fresh, the poetic touch constant...High technical finesse and strong structural control are other attributes...Even when Buniatishvili is at her most focused, her febrile approach to Chopin’s art may rub some listeners the wrong way.” The Times, 14th September 2012 ***

Sony - 88691971292

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Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2


Chopin:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21


Arthur Rubinstein (piano)

Symphony of the Air, Alfred Wallenstein

“These recordings contain some fine playing, even if they don't always show pianist Arthur Rubinstein at his sparkling best.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2012 ***

RCA Classical Masters - 88691928082

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Arrau with Szell: Live from Carnegie Hall

Arrau with Szell: Live from Carnegie Hall


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15

11 November 1945

Chopin:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21

9 January 1955

Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125

15 December 1946

Strauss, R:

Burleske for Piano and orchestra in D minor, AV85

11 March 1945

Weber:

Konzertstück in F minor, Op. 79 for piano & orchestra

11 March 1945


Claudio Arrau (piano)

Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, George Szell

These 1945-1955 broadcasts of live collaborations between Claudio Arrau and George Szell are being released for the first time and stem from well preserved and carefully restored broadcast transcription discs. The works include Beethoven Piano Concerto No.1, Chopin Piano Concerto No.2 and Liszt Piano Concerto No.2. All are performed with dynamism, daring and volatility.

West Hill Radio Archive - WHRA6037

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Chopin: The Piano Concertos

Chopin: The Piano Concertos


Chopin:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21


Michie Koyama (piano)

Sinfonia Varsovia, Jacek Kaspszyk

Sony - 88697699842

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Chopin - Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

Chopin - Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2


Chopin:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21


Martino Tirimo (piano)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Fedor Glushenko

Alto - ALC1096

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Best of Chopin by Arthur Rubinstein

Best of Chopin by Arthur Rubinstein


Chopin:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

New Symphony Orchestra of London, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21

Symphony of the Air, Alfred Wallenstein

Polonaise No. 6 in A flat major, Op. 53 'Héroïque'

Waltz No. 1 in E flat major 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 18

Prelude Op. 28 No. 15 in D flat major ‘Raindrop'

Impromptu No. 4 in C sharp minor, Op. 66 'Fantaisie-Impromptu'

Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9 No. 2

Mazurka No. 47 in A minor, Op. 68 No. 2

Polonaise No. 3 in A major, Op. 40 No. 1 'Military'

Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60

Waltz No. 6 in D flat major, Op. 64 No. 1 'Minute Waltz'

Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 'Marche funèbre': 3rd movement (Funeral March)

Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise, Op. 22


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