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Chopin: Piano Concertos / Rafal Blechacz, Jerzy Semkow


Release Date: 02/23/2010 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001388202  
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Rafal Blechacz
Conductor:  Jerzy Semkow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

After his successful Deutsche Grammophon debut recording of Chopin Preludes, Rafal Blechacz returns to the composer who helped make him famous with this all-new recording of Chopin’s Piano concertos nos. 1 & 2. As the winner of the 2005 International Chopin Competition at the young age of only 20, Blechacz was awarded not only the rarely given first prize but also all four special prizes for best sonata, mazurka, concerto and polonaise performances. Since then, Blechacz has performed in Europe, Japan and North America to critical acclaim and has already ensured himself a huge following among piano aficionados.

These two concertos, cornerstones of every pianist’s repertory, are especially central to Rafal Blechacz’s
Read more introduction to the world-stage. He performed the e minor concerto at the 2005 Chopin Competition and has used both works for numerable memorable debuts around the world. His affinity with Chopin runs deeper than just their shared nationality: Blechacz possesses an exceptional intelligence that gives him an in-depth understanding of the music he performs and a degree of perception that allows him to infallibly grasp the aesthetic and spiritual dimensions of the compositions he interprets. For this recording Blechacz is joined by Polish conductor Jerzy Semkow and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
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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:  Rafal Blechacz (Piano)
Conductor:  Jerzy Semkow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
2. Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Rafal Blechacz (Piano)
Conductor:  Jerzy Semkow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1830; Poland 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11: 1. Allegro maestoso
Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11: 2. Romance (Larghetto)
Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11: 3. Rondo (Vivace)
Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.21: 1. Maestoso
Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.21: 2. Larghetto
Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.21: 3. Allegro vivace

Customer Reviews

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 Concerto's With Orchestra April 4, 2014 By D. Schoenung (Kettering , OH) See All My Reviews "Any Concerto with orchestra, by any artist on any instrument is only as good as the Conductor & Orchestra. Nadja Salerno Sonnenberg is very good at choosing hers. This orchestra and Conductor complements the Artist and does not over power him. Well done." Report Abuse
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