Chopin - Piano Concertos (2008)

Chopin

Sa Chen

Lawrence Foster

More than an hour of glistening jewels pouring forth from the piano lain upon the luxurious, silken blanket of the orchestral background. No more, but certainly no less, is what one expects when listening to Frédéric Chopin’s two piano concertos. And yet, both works have retained their place in the concert repertoire up to this day and age: incidentally, as the only truly heavyweight virtuoso concertos. Once again, this fact speaks for itself, and proves the uniqueness of the music by Chopin on this recording. A profound discussion on the standing and worth of both works in the “piano concerto” genre does not even arise, as both pieces completely invalidate the approach to the symphonic concerto (with its sophisticated dialogues between the soloist and the orchestra as two equal partners), which was laid down perfectly by Mozart and Beethoven. This is a pure representative of the “virtuoso concerto” category, in which nothing is allowed to divert the listener from the performance of the soloist

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Lawrence Foster

Since 2013 Lawrence Foster has held the position of Music Director of l'Opéra de Marseille and l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille, with which he toured in the summer of 2014 and conducted at the Kissinger Sommer and in China. This season sees, among others, opera productions of The Flying Dutchman and Falstaff.
Highlights of the 2014/15 season include engagements as guest conductor with l’Orchestre National de Lyon, Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Beijing Music Festival and Danish National Symphony Orchestra. Lawrence Foster will also be returning to the MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig. In the summer of 2014 he conducted the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, with Ute Lemper, at the Edinburgh International Festival and the Tonkünstlerorchester Niederösterreich at the Grafenegg Festival

Sa Chen

Crystal prizewinner at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (2005), Sa Chen, has been called “a brilliant pianist” by the prestigious pianist Emmanuel Ax. Her first major performance took place in 1996, when she competed in the final of the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition aged only 16, with Sir Simon Rattle conducting the City of Birmingham Symphony. The performance was broadcast live on BBC Television, captivating audiences throughout Britain. Since then, she has performed throughout Europe, China, Japan and the United States

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Chopin - Piano Concertos (2008)

Chopin

Sa Chen

    A vintage recording not to be missed!

This is the vintage Chopin recording by the young Chinese priestess of the keyboard. Listeners will find this PentaTone Classics recording a welcome inclusion to her discography. The Chopin Concerti were signatures in the musical canon that highlighted Ms. Chen at the peak of her artistic excellence: from her fluent exchange of alternating dialogues with the orchestra in the first movement of the E Minor Concerto, to her splendid sense of the folk mazurka in the exuberant finale movement of the F Minor Concerto, sandwiched between two sugar-sweet Larghetto movements where our pianist released the emotional high points with nascent unrequited love, full-bodied with endless poetry. How stunning also was the orchestral tremolandi in the Larghetto of the F Minor Concerto, as an anxious storm of emotion swirled by the poet’s songlike recitative. Throughout the two compositions, the music danced and ebbed as required; here was a level of musicianship from Ms. Chen as “playing like an angel from heaven. A vintage recording not to be missed!

Patrick P.L. Lam[read full review]

Chopin - Piano Concertos (2008)

Chopin

Sa Chen

Cables: van den Hul
Digital Converters: Meitner
Mastering Equipment: B&W Nautilus
Producer: Job Maaarse
Recording Engineer: Erdo Groot
Recording location: Grande Auditorio of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, I. Allegro maestoso
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Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, II. Romanza
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Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, III. Rondo, Vivace
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Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21, I. Maestoso
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Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21, II. Larghetto
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Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21, III. Allegretto vivace
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