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Chopin 2021

Every five years, the eyes and the ears of the classical music world turn to the piano capital of Warsaw for the Chopin Competition. In addition to popularising the music of the Polish composer, it also provides a global stage for the world’s most promising pianistic talents, serving as a springboard from which to launch their international careers. Deutsche Grammophon is proud to have signed and engaged in lasting collaborations with many of the competition’s winners, which include Martha Argerich, Krystian Zimerman, Maurizio Pollini, Rafal Blechacz, and Seong-Jin Cho. In tribute to the competition’s 18th edition, DG Stage is broadcasting a selection of the finest performances of the works of Chopin for the month of October, with films, concerts, and recitals from Daniel Barenboim and Bomsori, and of course former winners of the coveted piano prize.

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Krystian Zimerman plays Chopin (1987)

Krystian Zimerman made his breakthrough at the age of 18, when he won first prize at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 1975. The early years of his career were mostly associated with the Polish composer and the familiarity and mastery with which he performs Chopin’s music is evident in this recording from Vienna in 1987. Zimerman’s interpretations shape and manipulate the sound with absolute tonal control and beauty and reveal infinite expressive subtleties. As one of the most highly skilled technicians, having intensively studied piano building, he has fully honed his instrument, allowing him to perform with great intricacy and intimacy. His knowledge and understanding of both the instrument and the composer make this recital a stellar navigation of the technical finesse, musical shape and tonal organisation of the all-Chopin programme.

October 15 – 22, 2021

Maurizio Pollini: De main de maître

In this unique portrait of Maurizio Pollini (b. 1942), Bruno Monsaingeon depicts the extraordinary talent, personality and intelligence of the pianist Maurizio Pollini. Basing the documentary on an extended interview with Pollini Monsaingeon discusses with him both his formidable repertoire as well as the different musicians he met and worked with as well as featuring archival footage and excerpts from concerts.

Daniil Trifonov Solo Recital & Documentary

Virtuosity, musical poetry and evocative power! “Chopin is one of the world’s most beloved composers – the poetry of his music goes straight to the heart and requires no justification,” observes Daniil Trifonov. At “The Venue” in Berlin the pianist captures the magic of Chopin’s own music as well as tracing its influence on 20th-century composer Frederic Mompou.

In 2017 Daniil Trifonov teamed up with conductor, pianist and composer Mikhail Pletnev to premiere Pletnev’s new reorchestrations of the two Chopin piano concertos. Together with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra they set out to explore, perform and record both works at the Dortmund Philharmonie. The documentary “A New Chopin” takes viewers on a rare tour of the artistic process.

Both videos are available for free in our video library!

Seong-Jin Cho & European Union Youth Orchestra: Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2

Seong-Jin Cho brings one of his signature works to DG Stage. The charismatic Korean pianist and Deutsche Grammophon artist, hailed by The Arts Desk for his “mix of imagination, pacing, balance and control”, is joined by the European Union Youth Orchestra and conductor Gianandrea Noseda in Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor. Their interpretation, recorded on stage at Berlin’s Konzerthaus in 2018, captures the composition’s heartfelt passion and dramatic contrasts. Pianist and conductor subsequently recorded the work as part of Cho’s latest album for the yellow label, released in August. Chopin was still a student at Warsaw’s High School for Music when he wrote his F-minor piano concerto. He channelled his jaw-dropping virtuosity as a pianist and deep feeling for poetic lyricism into a work of spellbinding beauty. Seong-Jin Cho, winner of the XVII International Chopin Piano Competition, crowns his sublime Chopin performance with an ideal encore, the slow movement from Beethoven’s “Pathétique” Sonata.

October 22 – 29, 2021