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Track Listing:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21: I. Maestoso
II. Larghetto
Allegro vivace
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11: I. Allegro maestoso
II. Romance. Larghetto
III. Rondo. Vivace
Nocturne No. 20 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. posth.

Charles Richard-Hamelin :

Chopin - Piano Concertos Nos 1&2 w/OSM, Nagano

A dream come true for Charles Richard-Hamelin

For their first recorded collaboration, pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, under the direction of Kent Nagano, are offering the album Chopin: Concertos Nos. 1 & 2.

"This project is a real childhood dream come true. I feel extremely privileged to have immortalized this ideal collaboration with Maestro Nagano and to now be part of the rich discography of the OSM" says Charles Richard-Hamelin of this album recorded in concert at the Maison symphonique de Montréal in October 2018.

Silver medalist and laureate of the Krystian Zimerman Prize at the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Charles Richard-Hamelin impresses with his extremely refined playing and absolute musicality. The OSM and Maestro Nagano offer an emotionally contagious world-class performance that is in perfect harmony with the soloist.

"It was with heart and discipline that each musician and artisan engaged with this adventurous project. I applaud the extraordinary work of solo pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin, whose bravura gave us two concertos in a single concert. A unique example of artistic and human collaboration, the result reflects remarkable fluidity and beauty " tells us Kent Nagano, Music Director of the OSM.

Written by Frédéric Chopin at the dawn of his twenties, the two selected works are imbued of freshness and poetry. The majority of his compositions were for solo piano but, as these two concertos illustrate, he was also very gifted at orchestral writing with solo piano.

François Mario Labbé, president and founder of Analekta, says: "This music is of utmost beauty, of a great purity, all in strength and delicacy. We get to hear a rare symbiosis, very rare on record. Everything is perfect: the musicians, the soloist, the sound, everything! This album is without a doubt one of the best albums in Analekta's catalog and I will enjoy listening to these concertos all my life. "