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Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Dutoit, Argerich
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ARGERICH / DUTOIT / MONTREAL S. O. CHOPIN: PIANO CONCERTOS
Martha Argerich is one of our supreme pianists, and this disc shows her almost at her best. Every phrase is beautifully considered and executed, but there is still plenty of spontaneity in her playing. Alas for the flowers of youth. A couple of decades ago, Argerich played this music (on two separate Deutsche Grammophon recordings) with even more fervor and spontaneity, and the accompaniments were more incisive and more clearly recorded than these. As Chopin wrote these concertos so early in his career, one can't help thinking that Argerich's earlier performances are more appropriate to the music. Still, with playing of this caliber, one can't merely set it aside. As a mature reconsideration of these concertos, this disc is well worth hearing--after you already know the earlier versions. --Leslie Gerber
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In order to get more than a school level reading of the concertos, this calls for a pianist with outstanding skills and special sensitivity, since the mixture of emotional feelings and boldly affirming passages require more than a simple empathy on the interpreter side.
The artistry of Martha Argerich (winner of the prestigious Chopin contest in Warsaw in 1965) has all the necessary ingredients to tackle such peaks of the repertory with great success and unfailing authenticity. And so she does in this recording (dating from 1998), probing the deepest musical resources of the score with a flawless technique and unswerving sense of phrase, with measured lyricism and dazzling bravura where required, professing an intelligent rubato and an inspired care for the sound quality throughout. Be amazed - for instance - by the elegant rolling of notes in that superb Larghetto of the F minor Concerto or the energetic outbursts in the first movement of the E minor concerto. Simply hair rising!
The recorded version signed by the unmatched Martha Argerich was achieved in a fruitful partnership with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit and was intended (I suppose) as an affectionate homage to Chopin, whose 150th death commemoration took place in 1999 when the CD was actually released. It is fully rewarding, both on musical and technical level, and I dare say it can be considered a cornerstone in the recording catalogue of these works.
Charles Dutoit, Montreal SO, and Martha Argerich
No one will ever accuse Frederic Chopin of being a great symphonist, and this is readily apparent in these Chopin Piano Concertos. After an interminable 4-minute orchestral prelude in the first movement of Piano Concerto No. 1, the listener feels they might have tuned into Beethoven lite, but the piano finally enters and Chopin’s true calling comes to the forefront. With no fault to Charles Dutoit and Montreal, the true star of this recording is in the piano.
Martha Argerich gives a sweeping rendition of these piano works written with the great Chopin fluidity and yearning, and if they don’t reach the romantic heights of his solo piano works later in life, Argerich certainly gives a powerful performance to justify these concertos into the regular repertoire cycle. Formerly wed Dutoit and Argerich have combined before to acclaim ( Tchaikovsky , Prokofiev, and Bartok ), and this recording, along with Perahia/Mehta and Zimerman/Zimerman , remain the warhorses of Chopin concerto recordings. The piano is clear, full-bodied, and in good balance with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, who are performing in their standard St. Eutasche Parish, and Dutoit works well in tandem with his soloist, rubato and all. While these two concertos are not the end all of written compositions, this recording certainly elevates it. Recommended.
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The interpretation by Martha Argerich is absolutely wonderful and the balance between piano and orchestra is perfect in my view. Dutoit allows the soloist to take centre stage and really shine, which she does with real panache. The two work in complete harmony and, with the great recording quality thrown into the mix, I'm delighted to have added this work in the collection.
As an introduction to Chopin's music, I would recommend this above the more famous Nocturnes,Waltz's and Mazurka's, wonderful though they are. Whilst music critics debate the standing of Copin's piano concertoes in the 'pantheon' of this genre, my personal view is that they don't sit too far behind Beethoven, Mozart and Rachmaninov