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Amazing interpretation of Chopin’s Piano Concertos
This recording, which is a total and complete audio delight, consists of Chopin’s 1st and 2nd Piano Concertos. Right from the get-go it is apparent that the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of Jun Markl, is ready to bring depth and feeling to the music about to be played – and boy, they do deliver, which makes for a wonderful partnership with Ms. Fliter, as her playing is exceptional. Her touch is light and strong, feeling and pensive, manic and directed, and all of the other incredible human things that make Chopin’s music so very special.
The first movement of Piano Concerto No. 1 immediately grabs the listener, and it is clear that amazing things are coming, and they do. Particularly noteworthy is the 2nd movement which is gentle and purposeful and sophisticatedly sensitive all at the same time. It was frighteningly easy for this listener to forget how difficult this music is to play and just lose oneself in the emotional experience. Unbelievable how wonderful this is. The 3rd movement starts with strong aggressive strings before giving way to Ms. Fliter’s expressive piano. The Orchestra and Ms. Fliter compliment and reinforce each other in a way seldom experienced, and it is a real treat to hear it in a recording of this caliber.
Piano Concerto No. 2 is no less captivating, starting with gentle enticing strings and quickly moving to more directed and emotional music that sets the stage for the somewhat isolated piano character to come in which not only echoes the string theme presented, but also provides emotional context for the introspective and majestic journey that is underway.
Ms. Fliter outdoes herself in the 2nd movement both in the sensitivity of her touch and the gentility with which she takes hold of the listener’s heart and carries it through a range of introspective emotional states. And then the strings come in urgently and the pianistic organism responds promptly before returning to gentle, stirring, expressionism. The give and take here is breathtaking, and this movement is worth the price of the CD alone – it’s so good.
The 3rd movement closes the work in a directed and gently strident fashion that is filled with virtuosic passages that are no less emotionally capturing despite their difficulty (which seems effortless for Ms. Fliter), and ends full of good spirit and joy. Again, it is unbelievable how good this is.
The liner notes are well written and informative, but even if they were sparse this recording would be worth having in any event. However, the entire work, from recording quality to CD to liner notes is delightful from start to finish. If only all recordings and performances were of this quality, and captivating. This is amazing.more....
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