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Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 [Import]

Krystian Zimerman, Carlo Maria GiuliniAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (September 11, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Msi Music/Super D
  • ASIN: B000060O5A
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #984,087 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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After DG issued in 1999 the dual-CD of Chopin's two piano concerti with Zimerman conducting from the keyboard, this earlier release featuring the LA Philharmonic Orchestra with Giulini conducting has largely been forgotten, and have sadly gone out of print.
Too bad, since of the two recordings by Krystian Zimerman of the Chopin concerti for piano, this earlier one in 1986 is the one of my personal preference.
Firstly, I think for a pianist to be able to record both of Chopin's piano concerti with 'equal' distinction is some thing of a real marvel. Not many top pianists managed to succeed in this respect. Either they are more adept in the No. 1 (in fact the No. 2), or they offer a better No. 2 (in fact No. 1). Many 'popular' young pianists have tried their hands on a dual-concerti set in recent years: Lang Lang, Sa Chen, Rafal Blechacz, and the not too young Dang Thai Son on period instruments.
While I marvel at Mr. Dang's No. 2 and Mr. Blechacz's No. 1, both these pianists do not have a very 'even-handed' treatment of the two pieces in the same way as Krystian Zimerman in this 1986 recording.
Zimerman was younger (less than 30) when he recorded this pair. This, to me at least, is a great asset over his later 1999 second recording. I in fact owned the latter set much earlier, but that set simply failed to ignite me with each repeated listening time after time in the same way this earlier set does.
I in fact started listening to this Giulini/Zimerman version early this year. And it immediately became clear to me why Zimerman, for many past decades, has been regarded as a 'top-Chopin' performer. Here, he had none of the heavy-handed approaches to Chopin as he has now. Instead, here is much more youthful passion and poetic verve that the second recording lacked. The No.
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