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Classical - Released September 8, 2017 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Gramophone Record of the Month - Choc de Classica
With his 60th birthday approaching, the Polish pianist Krystian Zimerman thought it was time “to find the courage for works such as these and the last Beethoven sonatas. I’ve played these pieces for 30 years, but always feared them tremendously because of my unbelievable respect for the composers. Perhaps I worried that if I left them any longer, it would be too late.” Zimerman has used a normal piano, but fitted with a keyboard made by himself, designed to create qualities Schubert would have known in his instruments. Compared to a modern grand piano, the hammer strikes a different point of the string, enhancing its ability to sustain a singing sound – though it does also set up different overtones and the piano might sound strangely tuned. Also, the action is lighter. On a modern grand piano the many repeated notes in Schubert could turn into Prokofiev. According to Zimmerman, these two last Sonatas contribute significantly to our view of Schubert’s greatness, as “he switches into a different gear, daring radically to use new ideas in harmony and polyphony. Compared to his earlier sonatas, they could almost be by another composer.” The album was recorded in January 2016.
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Classical - Released January 1, 1988 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Classical - Released January 1, 1986 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released November 18, 1993 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Distinctions Gramophone Record of the Year
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Classical - Released August 14, 2015 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or de l'année - Diapason d'or
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Classical - Released January 1, 2003 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Krystian Zimerman is getting better as he gets older. He used to be one of a half-dozen great young pianists, a brilliant virtuoso with tremendous expressivity, enormous soul, and a habit of making even fewer recordings than Argerich or Pollini. Over the years of ever-fewer recordings, he's grown into an astounding virtuoso and the emotional power of his interpretations have grown with his technique. These recordings of Zimerman's performances of Rachmaninov's first two piano concertos with Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1997 and 2000 are transcendentally virtuosic and their emotional impact of his performances is unrivaled in passion and precision. But the most amazing thing about Zimerman's performance is its strength and weight. Zimerman had recorded big performances before -- his Chopin Ballades are muscular and his Ravel Concerto is monumental -- but Zimerman's Rachmaninov is legendary in its scope and scale. Captured by Deutsche Grammophon's vivid and real sound, Zimerman's Second is one of the handful of great recordings and his First rivals Rachmaninov's own.
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Classical - Released January 1, 1998 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 1991 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 1992 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 1992 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 1985 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 2011 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 1992 | Universal Music

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Classical - Released January 1, 1982 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 2005 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)