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Chopin: Piano Concerto No 1, Etc / Ax, Mackerras, OAE


Release Date: 03/16/1999 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 60771   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Emanuel Ax
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The required calling card of any pianist-composer in the 1820s and '30s was a virtuosic piano piece accompanied by an orchestra. When the 21-year-old Chopin arrived in Paris in the fall of 1831, he had several such compositions under his arm, including the Concerto in E Minor (which, although the first of his two concertos to be published, was composed after the Concerto in F Minor) and the already heralded Variations (which had inspired Robert Schumann to remark, "Hats off, gentlemen--a genius.").
With this recording, acclaimed Chopin interpreter Emanuel Ax (whom some may recall for providing the actual piano sound to the pantomimed playing of Hugh Grant's Chopin character in the film "Impromptu") ventures into new territory by
Read more performing on a piano from Chopin's era, an 1851 Erard grand. The performances are a wonderful revelation: when Ax moves from a low piano register to a high one, it sounds like he's changing instruments, so striking are the individual registers of a mid-19th-century piano. This recording makes one hear Chopin with fresh ears--truly an accomplishment for a composer whose pieces are performed so often. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 39 Minutes 23 Secs. 
2.
Variations for Piano and Orchestra in B flat major on Mozart's "Là ci darem", Op. 2 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Poland 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 17 Minutes 28 Secs. 
3.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 2 in A minor, B 64 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 
Date of Recording: 5/`998 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England  
Length: 5 Minutes 17 Secs. 

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