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Chopin Compact Edition - Concerto No 1, Scherzo, Ballade No 2 / Zimerman


Release Date: 05/08/2009 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 431580   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Krystian Zimerman
Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

With Zimerman there is total surrender to the impulse of the moment. Each piece comes up with all the immediacy of a brand new discovery. His is musical story-telling at its most arrestingly dramatic, reproduced with a richness and warmth of sonority to match the playing. [Ballade] No. 2 in F allows him to give full rein to his liking for the boldest contrasts of both dynamics and tempo, though its two great storms are all the more powerful for not being rushed. And how beautifully he dissolves tumult into the last, plaintive minor-key recall of the opening theme—even if allowing himself a little license in achieving his ends.

-- Joan Chissell, Gramophone [10/1988, reviewing Ballade no 2 from DG 423090]
With Zimerman there is total surrender to the impulse of the moment. Each piece comes up with all the immediacy of a brand new discovery. His is musical story-telling at its most arrestingly dramatic, reproduced with a richness and warmth of sonority to match the playing. [Ballade] No. 2 in F allows him to give full rein to his liking for the boldest contrasts of both dynamics and tempo, though its two great storms are all the more powerful for not being rushed. And how beautifully he dissolves tumult into the last, plaintive minor-key recall of the opening theme—even if allowing himself a little license in achieving his ends.

-- Joan Chissell, Gramophone [10/1988, reviewing Ballade no 2 from DG 423090]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Krystian Zimerman (Piano)
Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
Date of Recording: 03/1979 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam 
Length: 39 Minutes 5 Secs. 
2.
Scherzo for Piano no 4 in E major, B 148/Op. 54 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Krystian Zimerman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1977 
Venue:  Warsaw, Poland 
Length: 10 Minutes 19 Secs. 
3.
Ballade for Piano no 2 in F major/a minor, B 102/Op. 38 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Krystian Zimerman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 07/1987 
Venue:  Rudolf-Oetker-Halle, Bielefeld, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 46 Secs. 

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