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Louis Lortie Plays Schumann & Chopin

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54
>Chopin, Frédéric : Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21
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Notes & Reviews:

This Chandos Classics re-issue features the popular coupling of Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor and Chopin's Concerto No. 2 in F minor. Louis Lortie is the soloist with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Neeme Jarvi. On the original release, 'CD Review' wrote of the performance of Schumann's Concerto that "[Lortie's] playing is thrillingly imaginative and I cannot recall ever having heard the Finale sound so physically exciting as it does here"; of the performance of Chopin's F minor Concerto it remarked "Lortie produces a scintillating reading which resounds in the mind long after the music has ceased." For Chandos, Louis Lortie has embarked on a recording series devoted to solo piano works by Chopin.

"Try as I might, I cannot think of a single thing to say against this recording. Both works have left giant footprints on the catalogues throughout the history of sound recording, but rarely has either sounded as convincing or as passionate as here." -Classical-CD-Reviews.com

"For those who are fans of this concerto, the Lortie/Jarvi collaboration here presents the work in its best possible light, highlighting its lyricism, capturing its playful sense of youth and pointing up the plentiful moments of the composer's burgeoning genius. The sound in both concertos is excellent. Recommended." -Classical.net

"A very rewarding listen, with beautiful touch from Louis Lortie. Neeme Järvi controls a halo of whisper-soft strings in the Chopin." -BBC Music Magazine

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Jude-On-The-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, (11/13/1991).



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>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54
  • Performer: Louis Lortie (Piano)
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Running Time: 30 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1841

>Chopin, Frédéric : Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21
  • Performer: Louis Lortie (Piano)
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Running Time: 32 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1830