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Chopin: Piano Concertos 1 & 2

Zimmerman , Frederic Chopin , Giulini Audio CD
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1. Concerto for piano and Orchestra in E minor: Con No.1, Op.11- I. Allegro maestoso
2. Con No.1, Op.11- II. Romanze:laghetto
3. Con No.1, Op.11- III. Rondo: vivace
4. Con No.2, Op.21- I. Maestoso
5. Con No.2, Op.21- II. Larghetto
6. Con No.2, Op.21-III. Allegro vivace

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That's the version I bought, and it's great. I haven't heard this one...
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Yes,Zimerman's performance is glorious in 2nd concerto.I could only compared it with Ashkenazy's (with David Zinman/London Symphony Orch.)performance. Zimerman is really better than Ashkenazy. But in 1st concerto; Maurizio Pollini's (with Paul Kletzki/Philharmonia Orch.)performance is quite better than Zimerman's. In general very stylish performance of Zimerman.
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Zimerman's earlier performances are full of panache and authority remarkable for such a young pianist, or indeed for any pianist. These are a first choice. The recorded sound is excellent; the piano balance is a little, but not grossly, forward, but I find this fully acceptable in the Chopin concertos. Those choosing between these earlier recordings and Zimerman's new ones with a hand-picked orchetra, also on Deutsche Grammophon, are urged to go for the older recordings with Giulini, because they have much more spontaneity and freshness. The new ones aren't bad, but Zimerman is often quite mannered. He also has the dubious distinction of being the first to require 2 discs for the Chopin piano concertos--every other coupling I've ever come across comfortably fits on one CD.
UPDATE: In Europe Deutsche Grammophon has already re-released this album as part of their Originals series (at mid-price isntead of the current release's full price). If you can hold on a bit, I would wait for that issue...contrary to what a reviewer below says, this recording is NOT digital (it is in very fine, if very late, analog), so the "Original Image Bit Processing" remastering for DG Originals may be a marginal improvement--not that this remastering is cause for complaint.
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These late 1970's recordings sound excellent on CD. These performances with Giulini conducting are far superior to the new, slower versions Zimerman did twenty years later in the late 1990's. So much superior in fact, that I wonder if people are drawn to certain recordings just because they are new, rather than because they are better than previous versions. The newer Zimerman version is currently more popular but not nearly as good as this 1979 recording, and its a shame more people are not aware of what is available before buying a particular version and then raving about it in a review.
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