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Pop - Released March 1, 2005 | Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm

Christian Zacharias is a gifted German pianist who is too much a musician to remain "just" a pianist. While his playing as a soloist has always been superlative, his performances as a part of a chamber ensemble have also always been superb, and he has even conducted, having been appointed principal guest conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony. In this recording of both of Chopin's piano concertos with the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Zacharias combines all three roles and combines them brilliantly. His playing of the solo parts is big-toned, tender-hearted, and note-perfect. Just as fine is his conducting, which balances orchestra with soloists and strings with winds and brass so that textures are always absolutely transparent, no small achievement in Chopin's heavy orchestral writing. And even better is his chamber-music-like interplay with the ensemble. One gets the sense that every player is listening to every other player and the result is a performance of rare clarity and rarer sympathy. Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm's sound is typically translucent and characteristically crystalline.
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Pop - Released May 1, 2012 | Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm

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Pop - Released March 5, 2008 | WM Japan

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Pop - Released July 9, 2017 | Glen Focus

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Pop - Released May 24, 2013 | Bella Musica Edition

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Pop - Released October 28, 2005 | Alphée

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Pop - Released February 20, 2016 | Heavy Thoughts Records

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Pop - Released February 6, 2016 | Heavy Thoughts Records

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Pop - Released December 13, 2009 | Rhino - Warner Records

While as an arranger, producer, and songwriter Jack Nitzsche was among the most important behind-the-scenes figures in American pop music of the 1960s and '70s, the few albums he released under his own name are (for the most part) offbeat experiments in orchestral arrangement and composition, with Chopin '66 being the most curious, at least on the surface. For Chopin '66, Nitzsche took ten pieces by the Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin and gave them new arrangements that staked out a middle ground between the traditional symphonic approach and a sound that had more to do with contemporary pop music. While this sounds like a recipe for potential disaster, the results are actually quite pleasing; Nitzsche resisted the temptation to try to add a rock & roll groove to Chopin's melodies, and while guitars and trap drums occasionally emerge in the mix, Nitzsche approaches the music with affection and respect, and this album resembles Nitzsche's later film scores or the epic-scale arrangements he created for Neil Young rather than, say, "Nut Rocker" by B. Bumble & the Stingers. These recordings have a light and graceful touch, and Nitzsche's arrangements make it clear he wasn't trying to dumb down Chopin for the kids (even if most of the tracks come in at under three minutes). In fact, if Chopin '66 has a failing, it's that it was probably too sophisticated for its intended audience while too streamlined for classical buffs, but the album is still an experiment that rewards careful listening, and it's dated very little in the 40 years since it was first released. ~ Mark Deming
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Pop - Released January 29, 2016 | Heavy Thoughts Records

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Pop - Released January 1, 2009 | Denon

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Pop/Rock - Released February 28, 2007 | Sony BMG Music Entertainment

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Pop - Released June 13, 1974 | MARFER

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Pop - Released April 11, 2019 | Gardenair

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Pop - Released August 27, 2018 | Cala Millor

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Pop - Released July 13, 1976 | MARFER

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Pop - Released January 1, 2011 | Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm

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Pop - Released September 28, 2018 | Cedro Rosa

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Pop - Released December 17, 2018 | Glen Focus