This new album features the world premiere recordings of both Chopin Piano Concertos in fascinating orchestrations by pianist-composer Mikhail Pletnev. Pletnev also conducts the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in wonderful performances with chamber music-like transparency.
The solo works include some of Chopin’s earliest (Variations on “La ci darem la mano” Op. 2) and latest (Fantaisie-Impromptu Op. 66) works, together with the rarely-heard Rondo Op. 73a for two pianos, a devilishly difficult piece here performed by Trifonov together with his friend Sergei Babayan.
The atmospheric tenth variation of Mompou’s Variations on a Theme of Chopin is entitled “Evocation” and, in its poigant transformation of Chopin’s famous melodies, inspired the name of this album.
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