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Chopin: Piano Concertos No 1 & 2 / Dutoit, Argerich


Release Date: 05/18/1999 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 56798   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Martha Argerich
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc was Gramophone's "Recording of the Month" for April 1999.
What becomes a legend most? After her triumph at the 1965 Warsaw Chopin competition, Martha Argerich garnered a reputation for volatility, her intense, impulsive playing revealing an intuitive genius willing and breathtakingly able to follow its hunches. Later, her semi-withdrawal from public performance would husband that reputation into a bonafide mystique, which would get a reality check when she returned to the concert stage as a concerto soloist in the late 1990s.
This disc of the two Chopin Piano Concertos revisits the material of earlier successes and shows the legend to be alive and a lot more than well. Argerich's playing is full of charm, poetry, and real
Read more humor, perhaps mellower than years before, but still able to dazzle and run with cat-like freedom and agility. She is inimitable, but Charles Dutoit and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal cope sympathetically and are beautifully recorded doing so. This is one of the great recordings of these works. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
Date of Recording: 10/1998 
Venue:  St. Eustache Church, Montréal, Canada 
Length: 37 Minutes 42 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1830; Poland 
Date of Recording: 10/1998 
Venue:  St. Eustache Church, Montréal, Canada 
Length: 30 Minutes 49 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor Op.11: I. Allegro maestoso
Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor Op.11: II. Romanze (Larghetto)
Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor Op.11: III. Rondo (Vivace)
Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor Op.21: I: Maestoso
Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor Op.21: II: Larghetto
Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor Op.21: III: Allegro vivace

Customer Reviews

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 Absolutely beautiful! November 27, 2013 By Margaret Yujiri (Wheat Ridge, CO) See All My Reviews "These are beautifully executed. I feel that Ms Argerich truly found the heart of Chopin's masterful pieces. Listening is like being lost in a dream." Report Abuse
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