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Chopin: Piano Concerto No 2, 24 Preludes / Pires, Previn


Release Date: 01/17/1995 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 437817   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Here, beautifully and responsibly partnered by Previn and the Royal Philharmonic . . . and recorded with the greatest warmth and clarity, [Pires] at last gets the treament she deserves. What gloriously imposing breadth as well as knife-edged clarity Pires brings to each phrase and note . . . . [T]he intricacy and stylishness of her rubato remind us that the inspiration behind the F minor Concerto was . . . Chopin's first love. Listen to Pires's fioritura in the heavenly Larghetto or her way of edging into the finale's scintillating coda and you will gasp at such pianism and originality. . . . Pires's 24 Preludes, too, remind us that she is the possessor of one of the most crystalline of all techniques. More importantly, her way with the Read more more interior numbers among Chopin's teeming and disparate moods is of exceptional drama and intensity. . . . In short, you rarely hear Chopin playing of greater mastery or calibre. In her own scrupulously modern way Maria-Joao Pires surely embodies the spirit of the great pianists of the past . . . ." --Bryce Morrison, Gramophone Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1830; Poland 
Date of Recording: 06/1992 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 32 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: This selection received a Grammy nomination for "Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (With Orchestra)." 
2.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 09/1992 
Venue:  Musica-Théâtre, La Chaux-de-Fonds 
Length: 41 Minutes 8 Secs. 

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