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Primakov Plays Chopin Piano Concertos

Vassily Primakov , Odense Symphony Orch , Paul Mann , Frederick Chopin Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21: I. Maestoso14:31Album Only
listen  2. Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21: II. Larghetto10:03Album Only
listen  3. Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21: III. Allegro Vivace 8:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11: I. Allegro Maestoso20:06Album Only
listen  5. Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11: II. Romanze - Larghetto11:05Album Only
listen  6. Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11: III. Rondo - Vivace10:33Album Only


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Product Details

  • Conductor: Paul Mann
  • Composer: Frederick Chopin
  • Audio CD (November 11, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bridge
  • ASIN: B001HEIMCQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,353 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior Chopin from a Young Master June 30, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Vassily Primakov's performance of Chopin's Piano Concertos is the most interesting version of this coupling since Krystian Zimerman's controversial 1990s recording (Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2).

Chopin's concertos are tough nuts to crack. They require a good deal of technique to pull off, yet they are not flashy in the way that, say, Liszt's Concertos are. There is the question of balancing the orchestra and piano, without getting in each others' way - a task made difficult by Chopin's orchestration. Then there are the performance issues which have been the test of Chopin players since the 19th Century. Primakov uses a good deal more Rubato than one usually hears these days, not just in the right hand as Chopin instructed but also in overall tempo. Remarkably, the structure of each movement manages to cohere. Another hazard in Chopin is the playing of fioritura, in that it can come across as meaningless passagework in some hands. But Primakov gives each note its own meaning - partly by sensitively balanced dynamics. Despite these felicities, Primakov never draws attention away from the music and his performance is in no way eccentric.

Primakov sensibly plays these works in chronological order - in other words, he plays No. 2 first, since it was composed before No. 1. The Odense [Denmark] Symphony Orchestra under Paul Mann provides an excellent accompaniment. By the way, unlike Arthur Rubinstein's various recordings, both concertos are offered here without cuts.

The recorded sound is excellent. The piano is in perfect balance with the orchestra, and the various sections of the orchestra are placed in natural perspective.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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In the last three weeks I've had occasion to praise new recordings of the Chopin piano concertos. I started off like Fou Ts'ong very much, accompanied by the Sinfonia Varsovia. Then I bumped into the new set of complete Chopin piano and orchestra music on Decca, with Korean Kun Woo Paik, accompanied by the Warsaw Philharmonic under Antoni Wit. Both readings are certainly good in slightly different ways, including the fundamental physical essence of each player's keyboard touch, the subtle differences in recording approach and venue, and the difficult to fully describe distinctions in the two readings.

Now, suddenly, here comes another. These two Chopin piano concertos star Russian pianist Vassily Primakov. Paul Mann leads the Odense Symphony. A nice touch here is that the order of concertos one and two is reversed, in keeping with the actual historical order in which each concerto was written. The original numbering got reversed when the two concertos were published, but in real life, the published number two was actually number one. This happened with other composers too, famously including Beethoven. By the time composers got noticed for writing a piano concerto worth being published, they had often written their second. Earlier works got revived and noticed for publication, as the composer's fame (marketability?) grew.

So. Really nice to have the second concerto precede its later sibling, the first, on this disc. One renews an appreciation for just how much Chopin grew from the first to the second concertos.

Sound is good basic PCM stereo. The warmly balanced venue is the Carl Nielsen Hall in Denmark. No technical complaints then.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars stunning music July 19, 2010
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This is now my favorite CD. If you love Chopin or even classical piano music you will love this lush recording.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Purchase immediately October 27, 2010
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Vassily is a master of control and expression. I could not recommend this any higher.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The previous reviews are useful and accurate; excellent pianist well recorded. But if you get this CD you will notice the photos of the orchestra are all cleverly posed to make it look a full sized symphony orchestra. It's not, and it doesn't sound like one. And the recorded sound would have been even better if the reverb, which in its way also tries to make the orchestra seem larger than it is, didn't swamp orchestral details. Pianophiles won't care, and indeed few people go for these concertos for the orchestral role. Still, buyers should consider this when purchasing this otherwise enjoyable release.
The marketing of Primakov is also interesting. Bridge has gone for the juvenile sex appeal look. You know, the slightly defiant pose a la James Dean or Wm Kapell.
Whatever sells.
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