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Chopin, Liszt: Piano Concertos / Argerich, Abbado, London SO


Release Date: 09/17/1996 
Label:  Dg The Originals Catalog #: 449719   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Frédéric ChopinFranz Liszt
Performer:  Martha Argerich
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

...Actually, the second disc does not open with Ravel but with the Chopin Op.11, recorded in 1968. The long orchestral introduction is uncommonly wide-flowing, as if it were a rediscovered part of Schubert's Unfinished. This breadth lingers for the rest of the movement, shedding light on precious details that might otherwise be too fleeting to register. Such ballad-like presentation does not prevent the music to have momentum. Towards the end of the development section the floods break free, and the turbulent stream is powerful and ecstatic. The slow movement is a delicate love poem. Finally, in the Rondo all inhibitions are thrown to the winds: it is a fiery lava flow.

But wait: this generous disc holds yet another concerto:
Read more Liszt's First! Its performance has the same traits as the Chopin: magniloquent gestures and broad panoramas mix with torrents of energy. The tempo in the first part constantly changes. The synergy between soloist and conductor is amazing: the orchestra seems to be fit around pianist like a glove. The recording quality of both the Chopin and the Liszt is very satisfactory.

-- Oleg Ledeniov, MusicWeb International
reviewing these performances as part of the box set DG 001319202

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In Concerto No. 1 the lyrical melodies are delivered with striking purity and directness, while the virtuoso flights are thrown off with lightness, clarity and perfect ease...

-- Gramophone [8/1984]
reviewing the Chopin on LP, DG 413235
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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:  Martha Argerich (Piano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
Date of Recording: 02/1968 
Venue:  Walthamstow Town Hall, London 
Length: 38 Minutes 1 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849/1856; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1968 
Venue:  Walthamstow Town Hall, London 
Length: 17 Minutes 36 Secs. 

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.1 In E Flat, S.124: 1. Allegro maestoso
Piano Concerto No.1 In E Flat, S.124: 2. Quasi adagio - Allegretto vivace - Allegro animato
Piano Concerto No.1 In E Flat, S.124: 3. Allegro marziale animato

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 Perfection! April 30, 2013 By Linda G. (Arlington, VA) See All My Reviews "A marvel to listen to and have in my collection." Report Abuse
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