Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 - Variations on La ci darem - Andante spianato and Grande polonaise brillante

October 26, 2010 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: October 26, 2010
  • Label: Naxos
  • Copyright: (C) 2010 Naxos
  • Total Length: 1:02:22
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  • ASIN: B0043X8534
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By drdanfee VINE VOICE on January 15, 2011
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This second new disc from Naxos continues the Eldar Nebolsin/Antoni Wit/Warsaw partnership to complete Chopin's works for piano with orchestra. On this second disc we get three treats: Concerto 2 (Opus 21), Variations on Mozart's La ci darem la mano (Opus 2), and the Andante spianato and Grande polonaise (Opus 22). One is very grateful that this same team has also done the second piano concerto and two other works, heard less often in actual concert halls. As many will recall, the first concerto was first because published first, but actually second in temporal order of composition. The second concerto published second, was actually written before, and only garnered publication owing to the high reputation of the young composer's other concerto outing. (Something similar happened with the young Beethoven's first and second piano concertos, so far as publishers were concerned.)

Let me praise the PCM stereo sound right away. This is as good sonically as we ever tend to get - from Naxos, from other classical music labels. It is full frequency, and the recreated sound stage has both acoustic bloom from the venue (Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw) and considerable details captured so far as tonal vividness, tonal colors, and tonal etching of phrasing and similar are concerned. This is already a lot to get on a music disc, and Naxos deserves to be appreciated for red book PCM sound excellence, again.

As an aside, I can never listen to a really good red book PCM disc these days without wishing that such a good recording had been able to be done in super audio surround sound. The better the regular stereo, the more strongly I find myself wishing for SACD. Double this, when the musical performance is as strong as the sonic values - surely the case with this new disc.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 10, 2010
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Eldar Nebolsin is a young (b. 1974) Uzbeki pianist whose earlier Chopin disc, the one with the First Concerto, I quite liked. Piano Concerto No 1 Fantasia on Polish Airs Nebolsin is turning out to be a marvelous Chopin pianist. He is accompanied here and on the earlier disc by a Polish orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, almost always a plus in Chopin orchestral recordings. Their conductor, Antoni Wit, is one of the Naxos house conductors with a broad range of repertoire; he is a sensitive accompanist and in this recording is able to make Chopin's sometimes-criticized orchestration sing. I am particularly pleased with the woodwinds in this recording; in the Second Concerto the principal bassoon has a quite prominent and lovely part but on many other recordings its sound is recessed; not here. Likewise that bracing horn call in the last movement. As for Nebolsin's playing, I can't praise it too much. This is not show-offy playing, although Nebolsin is certainly capable of that; rather, it is musicianly and deeply felt. I am reminded, believe it or not, of one of Arthur Rubinstein's performances of the concerto. Chopin:Rubinstein Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 [Hybrid SACD] I was particularly pleased by the delicacy cum fire of his playing in the otherwise vigorous third movement. The filigree in the Larghetto does not call attention to itself but is spot on and beautifully sculpted.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 28, 2013
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This disc, recorded in 2009, follows Nebolsin's very successful recordings of the Rachmaninov preludes, the Liszt piano concertos and his recent companion disc of Chopin's first concerto and other works. All of these have received enthusiastic reviews from most quarters, and I include myself, and this disc continues this very fine sequence. The previous discs revealed him as a pianist of great note. As I commented on his previous Chopin disc, this latest recording reveals him as a Chopin pianist of great note.

Nebolsin brings to these works playing of considerable lyricism allied to sufficient muscularity to give the interpretations that magic combination of sensitivity and strength. He has plenty of technique to shine in the display sections as appropriate but he does not emphasise the glittery potential of the works. This has the effect of enhancing the musical impact. The overall impression, quite rightly, is that of a continuous flow of melody throughout the whole works.

The orchestral writing, as most will agree, is far from a strong point in these works. Antoni Wit and his Polish orchestra have played them countless times and already feature on more than one Blu-ray/DVD of these concertos. In this case they give solid support which is more or less implied by the orchestral writing. However, no-one is going to buy these works for their scintillating orchestration. Ehat matters here is that the piano playing, being almost the sole focus of the compositions, is actually scintillating on its own behalf.

The Don Giovanni variations are rarely played in concert but do occasionally appear on disc. The five variations are all typical Chopin with passages of brilliance alternating with passages of melodic sensitivity.
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