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Frédéric Chopin: The 2 Piano Concertos

Sa Chen, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Lawrence Foster

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"Five Stars ... CD of the Week ... Sa Chen is one of the brightest performers of her generation."
- Classic FM

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Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11  
1
I. Allegro maestoso
Frédéric François Chopin; Sa Chen; Gulbenkian Orchestra; Lawrence Foster
20:38
2
II. Romance – Larghetto
Frédéric François Chopin; Sa Chen; Gulbenkian Orchestra; Lawrence Foster
9:56
3
III. Rondo –Vivace
Frédéric François Chopin; Sa Chen; Gulbenkian Orchestra; Lawrence Foster
10:08
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21  
4
I. Maestoso
Frédéric François Chopin; Sa Chen; Gulbenkian Orchestra; Lawrence Foster
14:51
5
II. Larghetto
Frédéric François Chopin; Sa Chen; Gulbenkian Orchestra; Lawrence Foster
9:36
6
III. Allegretto vivace
Frédéric François Chopin; Sa Chen; Gulbenkian Orchestra; Lawrence Foster
8:52
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    74:01
“Four Stars ... more than merely a consummate technician: her playing matches virtuosity with poetry.”
- BBC Music Magazine

"Possessed of exceptional talent and a grasp of Chopin’s melancholic lyricism both instinctive and thoughtful, Sa Chen is a natural in this repertoire ... Chopin’s gently logical harmonies hang in the air just long enough to catch the falling arabesques, cushioning them gently before launching them off again to explore the wistful inner reaches of delight."
- International Piano

This debut PentaTone release from acclaimed Chinese pianist Sa Chen, issued in 2008, features her performances of Chopin's notoriously difficult piano concertos, accompanied by the Gulbenkian Orchestra led by conductor Lawrence Foster. Classic FM named this the best album of the month and praised her "soulful performance."
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM and 2.8224 MHz DSD – PentaTone Studio Masters

Recording Venue: Grande Auditório of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon Recorded: July 2008
Executive / Recording Producer: Job Maarse
Balance Engineer / Editing: Erdo Groot
Recording Engineer: Carl Schuurbiers
Photos inside booklet: André Cameron

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
Monitored on B&W Nautilus loudspeakers.
Microphone, interconnect and loudspeaker cables by van den Hul.

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