CHOPIN Piano Concertos 1 + 2 Barenboim 4779520
. . . these are performances on a grand scale, yet wonderfully fluent, charged with an infectious energy and effortless poise. They are perhaps remarkable most of all for the rapport between Barenboim and the Berlin Staatskapelle . . . Nelsons repeatedly reveals how much beauty and detail there is to be found in the orchestral writing, too. The playing is ravishingly refined, and there are countless examples of how carefully Barenboim matches what his colleagues do, and vice versa.
[Barenboim applies] a commanding sense of drama and poetry to both scores . . . Deeply felt and scrupulously shaped by the pianist and conductor Andris Nelsons alike, the performances revel in the composer's distinctive voice.
. . . these are fine live performances . . . a well-worn coupling . . . [Chopin 2]: a strongly characterised second movement and a [great ease and fluency to the playing] . . .