MARBECKS COLLECTABLE: Chopin: Piano concertos

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MARBECKS COLLECTABLE: Chopin: Piano concertos
Ingrid Fliter (piano) / Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Jun Märkl

[ Linn SACD / Hybrid SACD ]

Release Date: Thursday 20 March 2014

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Award-winning pianist Ingrid Fliter makes her Linn debut with a distinctive performance of Chopin's notoriously difficult piano concertos, featuring the Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Jun Märkl.

Since winning the silver medal at the 2000 Frederic Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Ingrid has built a reputation as a first-rate Chopin interpreter.

Fliter has previously recorded two all-Chopin discs; her interpretation of the complete Chopin Waltzes received several five star reviews and was named as the Telegraph's 'CD of the Week' and Classic FM Magazine's 'Editors Choice'.

Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 is a thoughtfully scored composition that allows the piano to shine. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra's beautifully delicate playing perfectly highlights Fliter's authoritative, yet expressive performance.

Fliter carefully and skilfully showcases the range of tones in Chopin's second piano concerto, from the dramatic introductory chords at the opening of the first movement to the sweetly lyrical second movement where the Scottish Chamber Orchestra's woodwinds vie for centre stage. Fliter is a breathtaking performer whose performance of Chopin's commanding chords and lightening speed runs are effortless.

Ingrid Fliter first sprang to international attention when she was awarded the 2006 Gilmore Artist Award, one of only a handful of pianists to have received this honour.

Ingrid Fliter was also selected as a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist from 2007-2009, working with several of the BBC orchestras under the auspices of this programme.

Ingrid Fliter works with orchestras such as Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

2014 is the Scottish Chamber Orchestra's fortieth anniversary year; 'Chopin: Piano Concertos' is its twenty first recording with Linn.

Conductor Jun Märkl is constantly in demand with the world's leading orchestras and soloists, having studied with Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa.


"there's nothing small-scale about Fliter's performances. This is very much Chopin playing in the great tradition: rich-toned, generous though never profligate with its rubato, and invested with a vast range of keyboard colour. It's all put together meticulously too" The Guardian, 28th February 2014 ****

"True, she sails perilously close to over-sentimentalising the opening Romanza...but Fliter plays with grace and heartfelt sincerity - abetted by some lovely duetting with the SCO's bassoonist - that...I was quickly won over...Fliter, by whatever magical means, touches the heart." Gramophone Magazine, Editor's Choice March 2014

"With so many first-rate recorded performances of varying vintages and in different price-ranges did we need another recording? Emphatically yes, if it's as good as this new Linn CD...There's plenty of bravura and power in the outer movements without any sense of showing off and there's poetry in the slow movements." MusicWeb International, 13th March 2014

NOTE: Special SACD case has some minor scuffs.


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