Krystian Zimmermann With Carlo Maria Giulini And The L.A. Phil. Play Music Of Beethoven, Chopin and Brahms – 1978 – Past Daily Mid-Week Concert
Zimmermann, hailed as one of the Greatest living pianists in the world today, joins the orchestra in a performance of the 2nd Piano concerto of Chopin.
The second half of the concert (bottom player), is devoted entirely to performance of Brahms’ Symphony Number 2.
A standard fare/no-frills concert featuring two of the legendary figures of the concert stage joined by one of the world-class orchestras.
Both Giulini and Zimmermann have individually recorded extensively throughout the years, and in fact the Chopin concerto was recorded commercially for DG in 1979 – a pairing obviously worth preserving.
One of the great interpreters of standard repertoire, Carlo Maria Giulini was one of the bright spots in the L.A. Philharmonic’s long history, continuing a tradition going back to the days of Otto Klemperer and countless legendary conductors and soloists.
And although Giulini was not considered an advocate for Contemporary music, his approach steeped the orchestra in a tradition which paved the way for the likes of Essa Pekka-Salonen and current Music Director Gustavo Dudamel to extend and immerse the orchestra in a wide range of works from a vast array of composers.
This concert most definitely qualifies for an Anti-Road Rage Wednesday inclusion. Not taxing and nothing that would raise the blood pressure, it’s a concert that is thoroughly enjoyable and an antidote for insane times.
Turn it up if you’re in your car, commuting – sit down and relax, uncork the Cabernet if you’re home.
Take a break – you’ve earned it.