Piano Concertos

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CHOPIN
Piano Concertos
Daniel Barenboim (piano) / Staatskapelle Berlin, Andris Nelsons

[ Deutsche Grammophon / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 10 June 2011

"His amplitude of phrasing and dynamics, matched by the orchestra's, is in place as a response to the pageantry and flow of events that is unceasingly generous. You could say that the playing is big, but what is predominant is its authority" Gramophone Editor's Choice August 2011

"The Chopin concerto disc offers playing of some crystalline appeal and surface sparkle, nicely surrounded by suave orchestral playing from Barenboim's Staatskapelle Dresden conducted by Andris Nelsons"
(The Times)

"His amplitude of phrasing and dynamics, matched by the orchestra's, is in place as a response to the pageantry and flow of events that is unceasingly generous. You could say that the playing is big, but what is predominant is its authority...it's his qualities of insight and distinction in the musical control of these beautiful pieces that carry the day, and in that regard it seems to me that they have rarely been served so well." Gramophone Editor's Choice August 2011

"Barenboim's playing is masterly throughout and this Deutsche Grammophon release is a fine testimony to a truly great artist. Conducted with calm assurance by rising star Andris Nelsons there is much beautiful playing from the Staatskapelle Berlin providing Barenboim with sympathetic support. Recorded live at the Essen Philharmonie the audience applause at the end of each concerto has been retained. This is a desirable disc that will attract many listeners such is the quality of Chopin's writing and Barenboim's playing."
(MusicWeb Oct 2011)

"these are performances on a grand scale, yet wonderfully fluent, charged with an infectious energy and effortless poise. They are perhaps remarkable most of all for the rapport between Barenboim and the Berlin Staatskapelle...All too often in other performances of these concertos, the orchestra is kept firmly in its accompanying place; here Nelsons repeatedly reveals how much beauty and detail there is to be found in the orchestral writing, too."
(The Guardian)

"His amplitude of phrasing and dynamics, matched by the orchestra's, is in place as a response to the pageantry and flow of events that is unceasingly generous. You could say that the playing is big, but what is predominant is its authority...it's his qualities of insight and distinction in the musical control of these beautiful pieces that carry the day, and in that regard it seems to me that they have rarely been served so well." Editor's Choice Gramophone Magazine, August 2011

"Unsurprisingly, even the piano entry at the beginning of the Chopin concerto disc is striking. The languid orchestral tutti that opens the work has its calmness well and truly shattered by the clang of Barenboim's fingers. He shows equal lightness of touch later on, though...[The Second Concerto] is just as joyous to hear under the maestro's control. it is a singular treat to hear Barenboim have at these concerti for the first time."
(BBC Music)

Chopins two Concertos, accompanied by the Berlin Staatskapelle under Andris Nelsons, captured live at the Ruhr Piano Festival in July 2010.

Tracks:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21