Deutsche Grammophon celebrates Krystian Zimerman's 60th birthday in December 2016 with three new releases to vinyl. The original tapes were remastered by EBS and pressed on 180g heavyweight LP. All releases also include a voucher with a unique code to download the digital audio files (MP3) of the full album. Here we have Zimerman's moving performance of Rachmaninov's Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 with the great Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
"You don't play the Rachmaninov concertos; you live them. For me, these are young concertos for young pianists: full of "Sturm und Drang", full of the emotions you feel the first time you are in love. I thought about how I would feel if I'd written a piece like the Second Concerto - there are some intensely touching moments and the melodic parts say so much about the composer that you would feel almost naked. Control is one thing I am not searching for in this piece..." - Krystian Zimerman
"You get the impression that nothing would induce him to give a performance of anything unless it has been scrupulously studied and absorbed so that every last detail has been considered and thought about...This disc is as perfect an example as is possible of why great music still needs new recordings...the verve and poetry of these performances somehow forbid comparison, even at the most exalted level." Bryce Morrison, Gramophone
Sergei Rachmaninov, composer
Seiji Ozawa, conductor
Krystian Zimerman, piano
Boston Symphony Orchestra