Chopin : Piano Concerto No. 1
Maurizio Pollini, Paul Kletzki, Philharmonia Orchestra (1960)
EMI ASD 370
Testament Records : LP 180 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”.
Maurizio Pollini (born 1942) burst onto the world's music scene by winning the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1960. Arthur Rubinstein, who led the jury, declared Pollini the winner of the competition, allegedly saying: "that boy can play the piano better than any of us". Soon afterwards, he made this recording for EMI, his first commercial recording.
In the original review in The Gramophone of November 1960, R.F. remarked: "Orchestral accompaniment and balance are worthy of the solo playing. I have never heard the opening given with such fire. The orchestra stays on its toes throughout, and Kletzki makes a splendid job of following every variation of tempo. I do not ever expect to hear the concerto played better..."
Recorded on April 20 and 21, 1960 at Abbey Road Studios, London.
The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.
This Testament Records LP, revived from the EMI-Columbia catalogue, was remastered at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London, using pure analogue components only, from the original studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed at Pallas.