Krystian Zimerman

Biography

Born: December 5, 1956; Zabrze, Poland  
Krystian Zimerman stands as one of the most sensitive and controversial concert pianists to emerge in the latter half of the twentieth century. His extensive recordings with Deutsche Grammaphon cover a broad range of repertoire from the classical period to modernity, including the complete piano concertos of Beethoven and Brahms, important works by Schubert, Liszt, Grieg, Bartók, and Szymanowski, and all of Debussy's preludes. At the same time, Read more early in his career Zimerman established a reputation for maintaining dauntingly high personal artistic standards, being very selective in undertaking projects, and limiting himself to only a small number of concert engagements each year.

Initially a student of his pianist father, and later, Andrzej Jasinski and Artur Rubinstein, Zimerman demonstrated his nuanced and distinctive technique at a young age. He was already concertizing as a very young boy, and was not yet 20 years old when he took first prize in the 1975 International Chopin Competition in Warsaw. During the 1980s and 1990s, Zimerman performed concertos with the world's finest orchestras and conductors, including the premiere of Lutoslawski's Piano Concerto (which was composed for and dedicated to the pianist).

Zimerman's creation of the Polish Festival Orchestra in 1999 remains one of his greatest accomplishments. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the death of Chopin, Zimerman personally selected an ensemble of young musicians, which he then led in unusually numerous and rigorous rehearsals of Chopin's two piano concertos. The orchestra developed a highly idiomatic sound, one that brought out intricate subtleties from Chopin's oft-maligned orchestral scores and illuminated a new level of interplay between soloist and orchestra in these works. Once they had fully developed their unique approach, Zimerman and the PFO undertook extensive world tours, performing Chopin's piano concertos for audiences the world over. They also released a recording that sold out quickly and caused a noted division among critics, who, as is has often been the case with Zimerman's work, were sharply divided between engaged enthusiasts and appalled traditionalists. Read less

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Biography

Born: December 5, 1956; Zabrze, Poland  
Krystian Zimerman stands as one of the most sensitive and controversial concert pianists to emerge in the latter half of the twentieth century. His extensive recordings with Deutsche Grammaphon cover a broad range of repertoire from the classical period to modernity, including the complete piano concertos of Beethoven and Brahms, important works by Schubert, Liszt, Grieg, Bartók, and Szymanowski, and all of Debussy's preludes. At the same time, Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
1. Allegramente
2. Adagio assai
3. Presto
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 1. Danseuses de Delphes
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 2. Voiles
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 3. Le vent dans la plaine
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 4. Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 5. Les collines d'Anacapri
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 6. Des pas sur la neige
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 7. Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 8. La fille aux cheveux de lin
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 9. La sérénade interrompue
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 10. La cathédrale engloutie
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 11. La danse de Puck
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 12. Minstrels
Debussy: Préludes - Book 2 - 1. Brouillards
Debussy: Préludes - Book 2 - 2. Feuilles mortes
Debussy: Préludes - Book 2 - 3. La puerta del vino
Debussy: Préludes - Book 2 - 4. "Les fées sont d'exquises danseuses"
Debussy: Préludes - Book 2 - 5. Bruyères
Debussy: Préludes - Book 2 - 6. "General Lavine" - eccentric
Debussy: Préludes - Book 2 - 7. La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune
Debussy: Préludes - Book 2 - 8. Ondine
Debussy: Préludes - Book 2 - 9. Hommage à S. Pickwick, Esq., P.P.M.P.C.
Debussy: Préludes - Book 2 - 10. Canope
Debussy: Préludes - Book 2 - 11. Les tierces alternées
Debussy: Préludes - Book 2 - 12. Feux d'artifice
Liszt: Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat, S.124 - 1. Allegro maestoso
Liszt: Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat, S.124 - 2. Quasi adagio - Allegretto vivace - Allegro animato
Liszt: Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat, S.124 - 3. Allegro marziale animato
Liszt: Piano Concerto No.2 in A, S.125 - 1. Adagio sostenuto assai - Allegro agitato assai
Liszt: Piano Concerto No.2 in A, S.125 - 2. Allegro moderato - Allegro deciso
Liszt: Piano Concerto No.2 in A, S.125 - 3. Marziale un poco meno allegro
Liszt: Piano Concerto No.2 in A, S.125 - 4. Allegro animato - Stretto (molto accelerando)
Maestoso
Largo
Toccata
1. Moderato
2. Larghetto
3. Allegro giocoso
Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11 - 1. Allegro maestoso
Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11 - 2. Romance (Larghetto)
Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11 - 3. Rondo (Vivace)
Chopin: Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.21 - 1. Maestoso
Chopin: Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.21 - 2. Larghetto
Chopin: Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.21 - 3. Allegro vivace
Liszt: Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat, S.124 - 1. Allegro maestoso
Liszt: Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat, S.124 - 2. Quasi adagio - Allegretto vivace - Allegro animato
Liszt: Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat, S.124 - 3. Allegro marziale animato
Liszt: Piano Concerto No.2 in A, S.125 - 1. Adagio sostenuto assai - Allegro agitato assai
Liszt: Piano Concerto No.2 in A, S.125 - 2. Allegro moderato - Allegro deciso
Liszt: Piano Concerto No.2 in A, S.125 - 3. Marziale un poco meno allegro
Liszt: Piano Concerto No.2 in A, S.125 - 4. Allegro animato - Stretto (molto accelerando)
1. Maestoso - Poco più moderato
2. Adagio
3. Rondo (Allegro non troppo)
Premier Tableau: "La Tresse"
Deuxième Tableau: Chez le Marié
Troisième Tableau: Le Départ de la Mariée
Quatrième Tableau: Le Repas de Noces
1. Allegro moderato - Allegro
2. Andante
Allegro - 3. Allegro molto
1. Vivace
2. Andante
3. Allegro vivace
1. Moderato
2. Adagio sostenuto
3. Allegro scherzando
1. ca. 110
2. Presto - attaca
3. ca. 85
4. ca. 84
1. Sehr mässig
2. Sehr schnell
3. Ruhig, fliessend
1. Allegro maestoso
2. Romance (Larghetto)
3. Rondo (Vivace)
1. Maestoso
2. Larghetto
3. Allegro vivace
1. Allegramente
2. Adagio assai
3. Presto
1. Danseuses de Delphes
2. Voiles
3. Le vent dans la plaine
4. Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir
5. Les collines d'Anacapri
6. Des pas sur la neige
7. Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest
8. La fille aux cheveux de lin
9. La sérénade interrompue
10. La cathédrale engloutie
11. La danse de Puck
12. Minstrels
1. Brouillards
2. Feuilles mortes
3. La puerta del vino
4. "Les fées sont d'exquises danseuses"
5. Bruyères
6. "General Lavine" - eccentric
7. La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune
8. Ondine
9. Hommage à S. Pickwick, Esq., P.P.M.P.C.
10. Canope
11. Les tierces alternées
12. Feux d'artifice
1. Allegro affettuoso
2. Intermezzo (Andantino grazioso)
3. Allegro vivace
1. Allegro molto moderato
2. Adagio
3. Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Quasi presto - Andante maestoso
1. Allegro con brio
2. Largo
3. Rondo (Allegro scherzando)
1. Allegro con brio
2. Adagio
3. Rondo (Molto allegro)
1. ca. 110
2. Presto - attaca
3. ca. 85
4. ca. 84
1. Allegretto ben moderato
2. Allegro- Quasi lento- Tempo 1 (Allegro)
3. Recitativo - Fantasia (Ben moderato - Largamente - Molto vivace)
4. Allegretto poco mosso
1. La fontaine d'Arethuse
2. Narcisse
3. Dryades et Pan
1. Allegro maestoso
2. Quasi adagio - Allegretto vivace - Allegro animato
3. Allegro marziale animato
1. Adagio sostenuto assai - Allegro agitato assai
2. Allegro moderato - Allegro deciso
3. Marziale un poco meno allegro
4. Allegro animato - Stretto (molto accelerando)


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