A film by Phil Grabsky Interviews with Nelson Goerner, Kevin Kenner, Janusz Olejniczak and Marc Destrubé.
On February 26, 2010 a historic concert took place in Warsaw, the birthplace of Chopin, Frederic. During the course of that single evening all the works written by this composer for piano with orchestra were performed, with participants of the highest calibre. Furthermore, the event took place under the auspices of the Chopin, Frederic Institute, with the knowledge and experience of engineers from Polish Radio and with the creativity of the film-maker Phil Grabsky, whose cameras were placed amongst the musicians of the orchestra. All this enabled the full magic of a historic event to be captured in both image and sound. Playing an Érard piano dating from 1849, the pianists Nelson Goerner, Kevin Kenner and Janusz Olejniczak, alongside the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century and Frans Brüggen, each performed each of the six works which the young Chopin composed in order for them to be displayed before the demanding public of his own country. With such works Chopin’s fame as a great piano virtuoso was to become established elsewhere. Performances of the two famous Concertos, in E minor and F minor, are joined here by the less-famous but notwithstanding highly-attractive works, such as the Variations on ‘Là ci darem la mano’, from Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’, or the ‘Fantasy on Polish Airs’. Completing the film of this event is a series of interviews with the soloists, and with Marc Destrubé, the orchestra’s leader.
“this was one of the most memorable concerts in my experience. Revisiting it through this live recording is something I cherish. Happily, it stands up to scrutiny away from the special atmosphere of that occasion...[Kenner] plays with poetry, virtuosic fluency and a searching quality ideal in this music...But the Argentinian Nelson Goerner is the hero of the concerto, bringing superb style to four works that, if anything, are tougher than the concertos.” BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE