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Chopin: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 / Garrick Ohlsson, Wit/Warsaw PO [Blu-Ray]

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:

Garrick Ohlsson, the winner of the 1970 Chopin International Competition, joins Antoni Wit and the Warsaw Philharmonic to play both of Chopin's piano concertos. A magnificent pianist, Ohlsson is one of the most celebrated Chopin interpreters and his performances reveal the many facets of the composer's genius. The concert was recorded at the Warsaw Philharmonic on 29 August 2009. This concert is followed by the documentary film The Art of Chopin, made in 2009 by the visionary director Gérald Caillat to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Chopin's birth; it not only tells the story of his brief life, but also brings together some of the world's greatest pianists playing excerpts from a collection of his best-known works.

Documentary "The Art of Chopin", A film by Gérald Caillat, with the participation of Garrick Ohlsson, Bella Davidovich, Evgeny Kissin, Piotr Anderszewski, Yuja Wang, A co-production of Idéale Audience, Plesnar Films and ARTE France in association with A Plus Image. Both films produced by Hélène Le Coeur.

"[A] tasteful and interesting film-concert combination honoring the life and music of Frédéric Chopin... Judging by this 2009 concert of the Chopin concertos, I’d say that if anything [Ohlsson]’s gotten even better with time. I’d now put him in the same category as Stephen Kovacevich, another outstanding yet underrated American pianist... [you get] fleeting close-ups of Ohlsson’s fingering during the two concertos, and you also get to watch Wit, one of the true unsung masters of conducting." -Fanfare

Blu-rayDefinition.com
The soloist is well balanced against the orchestral forces. There is also considerable warmth to the acoustic suggestive of the intimacy of the modest sized venue in this recording. The sound and dynamics of Ohlsson's Steinway is beautifully captured by the audio engineers.

ClassicalCDReview.com
this Blu Ray issue... contains the concert... as well as the fascinating documentary. It is a pleasure to watch Ohlsson play this music so close to him, sounding and looking better than ever via the improved processing.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 151 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English, French, German, Polish, Japanese



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Works Details

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11
  • Performer: Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
  • Conductor: Antoni Wit
  • Ensemble: Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1830

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21
  • Performer: Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
  • Conductor: Antoni Wit
  • Ensemble: Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1829-1830