Chopin - Piano Concerto No. 1 - Pollini - Kletzki - Philharmonia Orchestra on 180g Import LP
Maurizio Pollini burst onto the world's music scene by winning the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1960. Arthur Rubinstein, who led the jury, declared Pollini the winner of the competition, allegedly saying: "that boy can play the piano better than any of us." Soon afterwards, he made this peerless recording of Frederic Chopin's Concerto No. 1 in E Minor Op. 11 for EMI in April 1960, his first commercial recording.
In The Gramophone's original November 1960 review, R.F. remarked: "Orchestral accompaniment and balance are worthy of the solo playing. I have never heard the opening given with such fire. The orchestra stays on its toes throughout, and Kletzki makes a splendid job of following every variation of tempo. I do not ever expect to hear the concerto played better..."
Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analogue master tapes with the Neumann VMS82 lathe fed an analogue pre-cut signal from a specially adapted Studer A80 tape deck with additional 'advance' playback head, making the cut a totally analogue process.
Frederic Chopin, composer
Paul Kletzki, conductor
Maurizio Pollini, piano