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Chopin: Piano Concertos / Sa Chen, Lawrence Foster, Gulbenkian Foundation SO Lisbon

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

Album Summary

>Chopin, Frédéric : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11
>Chopin, Frédéric : Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

International Record Review
The bonus DVD includes a film of the slow movement of the First Concerto and an interview with James Jolly in which Chen comes over as a perceptive and charming personality - both characteristics can be heard in her playing. Recommended.

International Piano
Possessed of exceptional talent and a grasp of Chopin's melancholic lyricism both instinctive and thoughtful, Sa Chen is a natural in this repertoire... ... Chopin's gently logical harmonies hang in the air just long enough to catch the falling arabesques, cushioning them gently before launching them off again to explore the wistful inner reaches of delight.

BBC Music Magazine
Described by the prestigious Emanuel Ax as a "brilliant pianist", Sa Chen is one of the brightest performers of her generation." Simon Bates' CD of the week on Classic FM, week beginning 6th October

BBC Music Magazine
Sa Chen... is more than merely a consummate technician: her playing matches virtuosity with poetry.

The Observer
Sa Chen, born in Chongqing, is a natural for Chopin, sparklingly clear in touch and perfectly attuned to the composer's breed of stretched, lyrical melancholy. The jewel-encrusted slow movements, the emotional core of each work, reveal Sa's freedom of thought which, luckily, the orchestra showed themselves well able to follow.



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Works Details

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11
  • Performer: Sa Chen (Piano)
  • Conductor: Lawrence Foster
  • Ensemble: Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon
  • Running Time: 40 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1830

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21
  • Performer: Sa Chen (Piano)
  • Conductor: Lawrence Foster
  • Ensemble: Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon
  • Running Time: 32 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1830