Magazine article Gramophone

Paderewski: Piano Concerto

Magazine article Gramophone

Paderewski: Piano Concerto

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Paderewski Piano Concerto, Op 17 (a). Danses polonaises, Op 5. Elegia, Op 4. Menuet celebre, Op 14 No 1. Miscellanea, Op 16--No 1, Legende; No 2, Melodie; No 4, Nocturne Dang Thai Son pf (a) Philharmonia Orchestra / Vladimir Ashkenazy Fryderyk Chopin Institute (F) NIFCCD051 (70' * DDD) (a) Recorded live at the National Philharmonic Concert Hall, Warsaw, August 27, 2015

Dang Thai Son nearly shot to fame in 1980 by winning the 10th International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, the first time an Asian pianist had won an international competition. His triumph, you may remember, was upstaged by the elimination of Ivo Pogorelich in the third round, causing jury member Martha Argerich to walk out, creating a media storm. Who the long-term winner was is a moot point; but Son, who will celebrate his 60th birthday in July, must be the least famous of all Chopin gold medallists.

This new recording--one of few examples of his art on disc--is a curious affair. Though commendable, it is not one that inflames the senses and makes you long for more. The most successful section of the disc is a rare live performance of Paderewski's Piano Concerto from 2015 under the baton of the ubiquitous Vladimir Ashkenazy. …

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