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Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Fialkowska

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

Album Summary

>Chopin, Frédéric : Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21
>Chopin, Frédéric : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11
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Notes & Reviews:

"Chopin's two concertos are fresh-minted in her hands, such is her marvellously mercurial playing. If you thought you knew all there was to know about these concert-hall warhorses, you haven't heard Janina Fialkowska" -The Observer

"she gives lustrous, limpid performances of the two piano concertos. Fialkowska has always been noted for her Chopin: her playing here deploys grace, fluency and strength with artless sensitivity." -The Telegraph ****

"a live recording of the two concertos, demonstrating again her imaginative command of the idiom, in a way that underlines Chopin's Polish genes rather than his French sensibility...the disc is worth the investment just for the richness and vitality of Fialkowska's pianism." -Financial Times ****

"She display a formidable mastery taking Chopin's early poetic ardour firmly in hand. Bramwell Tovey and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra are wholly at one with their commanding soloist...Her technique is awe-inspiring and engulfing." -Gramophone Magazine

"She exaggerates nothing. Her playing is notable for its balance, its sense of proportion and naturalness...The approach is robustly classical, and effortlessly demonstrates that size in music is not necessarily measured in loudness or duration...Not that Fialkowska lacks power. Far from it. But like Chopin himself she never forces the sound...Earthy, vital performances" -BBC Music Magazine ****

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, BC, Canada (03/06/2010-03/08/2010).



Reviews

Janina Fialkowska, Canada’s “First Lady of Chopin”
Janina Fialkowska, Canada’s “First Lady of Chopin” continues her celebration of the Chopin anniversary with a program devoted to the composer’s beloved Piano Concertos. This new ATMA CD was recorded during a live concert in March, 2010 with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bramwell Tovey. Chopin was barely 20 when he composed his two concertos, which he wrote at practically the same time. The F minor, begun in 1829, was premiered on March 17, 1830, while the E minor, then still on the drawing board, was first performed on October 11 of the same year at the very last concert Chopin gave before leaving Poland.
Submitted on 11/19/10 by JAMES R. OESTREICH, The New York Times 
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>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21
  • Performer: Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
  • Conductor: Bramwell Tovey
  • Notes: Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, BC, Canada (03/06/2010-03/08/2010)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1830
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11
  • Performer: Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
  • Conductor: Bramwell Tovey
  • Notes: Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, BC, Canada (03/06/2010-03/08/2010)
  • Running Time: 38 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1830
  • Studio/Live: Live