Chopin : Piano Concerto No. 1
Arthur Rubinstein, Stanislaw Skrowaczewki conducting the New Symphony Orchestra of London (1961)
RCA "Living Stereo" LSC 2575
Analogue Productions : LP 200 gram
Brand New and Sealed Record
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Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) composed the Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11 in 1830, when he was twenty years old. It was first performed on 11 October of that year, in Warsaw, with the composer as soloist, during one of his “farewell” concerts before leaving Poland. It was the first of Chopin's two piano concertos to be published, and was therefore given the designation of Piano Concerto “No. 1” at the time of publication, even though it was actually written immediately after the premiere of what was later published as Piano Concerto “No. 2”.
Arthur Rubinstein (1887 - 1982) recorded the Chopin Concertos numerous times. This version of Chopin's first Concerto is particularly successful, partly thanks to the sensitive accompaniment of the New London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Stanislaw Skrowaczewski. Tempos are well-judged and phrasing is supple and natural.
The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.
This Analogue Productions LP was remastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound, using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed on 200-gram virgin vinyl at Quality Record Pressings.