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Rob Maynard
MusicWeb International, March 2012

The performance of the Haydn symphony—the so-called Trauer (“Mourning”)—is beautifully conceived and executed. The Staatskapelle Berlin is expertly balanced and Nelsons’s control of dynamics is also finely crafted. What looks on paper to be a somewhat eccentric piece of programming emerges in fact as a triumph, showcasing the orchestra’s delicacy and finesse in a way that the more densely orchestrated Chopin concertos do not, in general, allow.

The spotlight for the rest of the disc falls largely on the soloist Daniel Barenboim…it is without doubt a privilege to hear his interpretations of these concertos.

Video director Enrique Sánchez Lansch has clearly mastered the score, so he knows exactly where to position his cameramen to best effect, and he and his editor have created a compelling visual record of what the ecstatic audience clearly regarded as a thrilling musical evening. © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Dave Saemann
Fanfare, March 2012

CHOPIN, F.: Piano Concertos (Barenboim, Nelsons) (NTSC) 101577
CHOPIN, F.: Piano Concertos (Barenboim, Nelsons) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) 108029

Andris Nelsons does a superb job of holding the concertos together, and both the sound engineering and the camera work are excellent…The Haydn symphony with which he opens the concert receives a highly impressive performance…The orchestra produces a beautiful, soft string tone with vibrato…clear articulation, and carefully shaded dynamics. The trio of the second movement is phrased affectionately, while Nelsons plays with and sensitively molds the big tune in the slow movement, giving it plenty of life…The finale is exciting, with a true Sturm und Drang feel… © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review on Fanfare

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