Chopin: Piano Concertos

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1 Piano Concerto No. 1 In E Minor, Op. 11 - Allegro Maestoso 19:43 88/24 Album only
2 Piano Concerto No. 1 In E Minor, Op. 11 - Romance 10:45 88/24 Album only
3 Piano Concerto No. 1 In E Minor, Op. 11 - Rondo 10:03 88/24 Album only
4 Piano Concerto No. 2 In F Minor, Op. 21 - Maestoso 13:26 88/24 Album only
5 Piano Concerto No. 2 In F Minor, Op. 21 - Larghetto 8:37 88/24 Album only
6 Piano Concerto No. 2 In F Minor, Op. 21 - Allegro Vivace 8:09 88/24 Album only

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℗ Originally Recorded 1961. All rights reserved by BMG Music
℗ Originally Recorded 1958. All rights reserved by BMG Music


Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)

Piano Concertos No. 1 & 2

Arthur Rubinstein, piano
New Symphony Orchestra of London (Piano Concerto No. 1)
Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, conductor (Piano Concerto No. 1)
Symphony of the Air (Piano Concerto No. 2)
Alfred Wallenstein, conductor (Piano Concerto No. 2)

Recorded January 20, 1958 in Carnegie Hall, NYC (Piano Concerto No. 2) and June 8-9, 1961 in Walthamstow Assembly Hall, England (Piano Concerto No. 1)

Producer: Max Wilcox (Piano Concerto No. 1) and John Pfeiffer (Piano Concerto No. 2)
Recording Engineer: Kenneth Wilkinson (Piano Concerto No. 1) and Lewis Layton (Piano Concerto No. 2)
Mastering Engineer: Mark Donahue
Remastered from first-generation session tapes at Soundmirror Inc., Boston MA

Piano Concerto No. 1 was recorded to 2-track tape at 15 inches per second by Decca Records' legendary engineer Kenneth Wilkinson, using the Decca "tree"-based mic technique.  Piano Concerto No. 2 was recorded by a 3-track Ampex 300 tape recording running at 15 inches per second.  RCA's go-to master classical engineer, Lewis Layton, handled the controls.

The immortal Arthur Rubinstein delivers equal measure to the power and the poetry of the Polish master’s youthful works for piano and orchestra. Rubinstein is joined by Stanislaw Skrowaczewski and the New Symphony Orchestra of London for the Piano Concerto No. 1 In E Minor, Op. 11 and Wallenstein and the Symphony of the Air for the Piano Concerto No. 2 In F Minor, Op. 21. These are definitive performances that are vital for any connoisseur's collection.

This download is unique among HDTracks' RCA Living Stereo offerings, in that it allows the audiophile to directly compare the Decca and RCA recording techniques.  Likely conclusion: the techniques result in different but equally lush and brilliant sound. Rubinstein was at home in Chopin's music, and worked well with both conductors and orchestras.