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4.0 out of 5 stars See the other Zimerman recording of Chopin's concertos., June 25 2004
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Eric E. Stewart "Berean" (Camas, WA United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Chopin: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 (Audio CD)
That's the version I bought, and it's great. I haven't heard this one...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost best performance of 2nd concerto, but the 1st one ..., June 3 2002
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This review is from: Chopin: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 (Audio CD)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performances, preferable to Zimerman's new ones, March 28 2002
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This review is from: Chopin: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 (Audio CD)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Still better than Zimerman's new version also on DG label, Aug. 30 2001
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This review is from: Chopin: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 (Audio CD)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Recording of the Chopin Piano Concerti, March 28 2001
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John Kwok (New York, NY USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Chopin: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 (Audio CD)
Without a doubt, Zimerman's performances are a triumph of technique and style. I agree with a previous reviewer who noted Zimmerman's superb technique and lyrical playing. Zimmerman isn't quite as flashy as Argerich, yet he gives performances that are as emotionally stirring as hers, without forsaking technique. And I find that his technique is as flawless as Claudio Arrau's, yet Zimmerman plays more warmly than does the late Chilean master. Maybe it's fitting that a Polish pianist gives two of the finest performances of Chopin's main orchestral works, since Zimerman knows exactly when to change the volume of his warm, expressive playing. During his brief tenure with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Carlo Maria Giulini transformed this underrated American orchestra into a world-class ensemble capable of playing as well as its peers in Berlin and Vienna. Here both he and the orchestra are sympathetic accompanists to Zimmerman's exceptional playing, recognizing that Chopin regarded both works as masterpieces for virtuoso pianists such as himself. This is among Deutsche Grammophon's best engineered recordings of the early digital era. Of all the versions of Chopin's concerti available, this is the one that belongs in your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still the First Choice, Feb. 20 2000
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Christopher Smith (Atlanta, Georgia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Chopin: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 (Audio CD)
Like the Schumann concerto, the recordings of these two works of Chopin constitute a pretty crowded field. They seem to be a rite of passage for every pianist who wants to locate his or her repertoire in the nineteenth century and illustrate his or her technical prowess. Recorded in the late '70's, at the beginning of Zimerman's illustrious and still-thriving career, I think these two still stand above all others (even Zimerman's latest where he conducts from the keyboard). Zimerman has so much power and technique to burn, that the grand conceptions of the first movements are effortlessly met; yet it is his ability to communicate the pathos and lyrical melancholy of the slow movements without over-sentimentalization that makes these recordings so special. Giulini has the orchestra stand back from Zimerman's playing, as he should, since both concertos are primarily showpieces for the pianist. As brilliant new virtuosi come and go over the next few decades, I really do think this recording will remain the standard for these very popular works, as they have been since they were released more than 20 years ago.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding recording, May 3 1999
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This review is from: Chopin: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 (Audio CD)
Zimerman's recordings of the Chopin concertos are classics. The orchestral playing has the sensitivity one has come to expect from Giulini; more importantly, the piano playing is fresh, youthful, and utterly sensitive. With good analog sound, this is one of the very best couplings available of the Chopin concertos
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