℗ 2003 PentaTone

Frédéric Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 - Carl Loewe: Piano Concerto No. 2

Mari Kodama, Russian National Orchestra, Kent Nagano

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"... Kodama plays sensitively throughout, particularly in the central Larghetto which is quite lovely ... the real treat is Carl Loewe’s charming A Major Concerto ... sound is really very fine ..."
- ClassicsToday.com

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Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21  
I. Maestoso
Frédéric Chopin; Mari Kodama; Russian National Orchestra; Kent Nagano
II. Larghetto
Frédéric Chopin; Mari Kodama; Russian National Orchestra; Kent Nagano
III. Allegro vivace
Frédéric Chopin; Mari Kodama; Russian National Orchestra; Kent Nagano
Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major  
I. Allegro maestoso
Carl Loewe; Mari Kodama; Russian National Orchestra; Kent Nagano
II. Espaniola. Andante grazioso
Carl Loewe; Mari Kodama; Russian National Orchestra; Kent Nagano
III. Rondo. Vivace
Carl Loewe; Mari Kodama; Russian National Orchestra; Kent Nagano
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    59:44
"... the latest delight from Mari Kodama ... I could hear all the glitter and detail, along with the sound of the empty hall. What a great pairing!"
- Stereophile

"Four Stars. The recording was made direct to DSD and is a clever pairing of two super-virtuoso piano concertos ... the focus of the music and the sound is directly on the piano soloist and Kodama shines brilliantly. Her fleet high-speed passage work sounds perfect and near-impossible, yet the quieter lyrical passages sing with feeling."
- Audiophile Audition

Kent Nagano and the Russian National Orchestra accompany pianist Mari Kodama on these performances of piano concertos by Chopin and Loewe. This 2003 release, recorded direct to DSD, has received as much praise in the audiophile press for its sound quality as for the superb performances by Kodama, Nagano and the orchestra.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM and 2.8224 MHz DSD – PentaTone Studio Masters

Recorded February 2003 at the Concert Hall of the Moscow Conservatory
Recording Producer: Wilhelm Hellweg
Executive Producer: Job Maarse
Balance Engineer: Erdo Groot
Recording Engineer: Roger de Schot
Editing: Holger Busse, Sebastian Stein

Recording facility: Polyhymnia International BV
Microphones: Neumann KM 130, DPA 4006 & DPA 4011 with Polyhymnia microphone buffer electronics.
Microphone pre-amps: Custom build by Polyhymnia International BV and outputs directly connected to Meitner DSD AD converter.
DSD recording, editing and mixing: Pyramix Virtual Studio by Merging Technologies 5.0
Monitored on B&W Nautilus loudspeakers.
Microphone, interconnect and loudspeaker cables by van den Hul.

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