FRYDERYK CHOPIN The works for piano and orchestra
Nelson Goerner Kevin Kenner Janusz Olejniczak Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century Frans Brüggen
Special birthday concert at the Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall, 26 February 2010includes interviews with Nelson Goerner, Kevin Kenner, Janusz Olejniczak and Marc Destrubé
2 DVDstotal playing time: 2’48
Nelson Goerner, piano (Érard)Kevin Kenner, piano (Érard)Janusz Olejniczak, piano (Érard)Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century Frans Brüggen, conductor
Film produced by Seventh Art Productions in association with Mezzo (France) NTSC Colour– 16:9 – Region code 0 (worldwide) PCM Digital Stereo + DTS 5.1 With subtitles in English, French, German, Spanish and Japanese
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FRYDERYK CHOPIN (1810-1849) The works for piano and orchestra
Piano Concerto in E minor, op. 11
Piano Concerto in F minor, op. 21
Variations in Bb major on “Là ci darem”, op. 2
Fantasy on Polish Airs in A major, op. 13
Rondo à la krakowiak in F major, op. 14
Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise brillante in Eb major, op. 22
Interviews with Nelson Goerner, Kevin Kenner, Janusz Olejniczak and Marc Destrubé
About this DVD
On February 26, 2010 a historic concert took place in Warsaw, the birthplace of Fryderyk Chopin: during the course of that single evening all the works written by this composer for piano with orchestra were performed. And these with participants all of the highest quality: the pianists, the orchestra and the conductor as well as the best possible instruments for such a special occasion. Furthermore, the event took place under the auspices of the ever-active Fryderyk Chopin Institute, with the knowledge and experience of engineers from Polish Radio and with the creativity of the film-maker Phil Grabsky, whose cameras were placed amongst the musicians of the orchestra. All this enabled the full magic of a historic event to be captured in both image and sound.
Playing an Érard piano dating from 1849, the pianists Nelson Goerner, Kevin Kenner and Janusz Olejniczak, alongside the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century and Frans Brüggen, each performed one of the six works which the young Chopin, still at that time in Warsaw, composed in order for them to be displayed before the demanding public of his own country. With such works Chopin’s fame as a great piano virtuoso was to become established elsewhere. Performances of the two famous Concertos, in E minor and F minor, are joined here by the less-famous but notwithstanding highly-attractive and beautiful works, such as the Variations on “Là ci darem la mano”, a theme taken from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, or the Fantasy on Polish Airs. Completing the film of this event is a series of interviews with the soloists, and with Marc Destrubé, the orchestra’s leader.
How has the orchestra’s approach to the Beethoven symphonies evolved over the years?
This is a discussion that is very much alive in the orchestra: when we first started, we had no repertoire. So, with every piece that we were approaching we had to work and to discuss, in the old-fashioned way. For years we worked like this, never doing more than one Beethoven symphony in a year – and then we played it over and over again. So, it took us twelve years before we completed the cycle with the Ninth. If you play such pieces again after so many years, things start to change: tempi have changed and whereas we had always been arrogant about all those conductors, who after a certain period of time, decided to rerecord pieces, we – the orchestra members and me personally – now think that it is a good idea to do it again. [read more...]