Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2, Fantasie in F Minor
Witold Malcuzynski, piano
Walter Susskind, conductor
London Symphony Orchestra
Price range: $30-103, mean $66 on popsike
Comments: If you're wondering what exactly is depicted on the front cover of this album, it's a photo of Malcuzynski himself standing outside of Chopin's birthplace in Warsaw, Poland. This record is another in Malcuzynski's series of Chopin recordings for Columbia. There were five stereo albums: the Waltzes, the Sonatas (2 and 3), the Polonaises, the Mazurkas, and this one. I don't have much in detail to say about the performances except that they are quite fine, both the Concerto and the Fantasie. Malcuzynski proves himself once again to be a masterful and tasteful Chopin interpreter. He plays with just the right amount of rubato. The piano, just like in Malcuzynski's Chopin Waltzes album, has a wonderful, warm sound. The LSO provides an able and balanced accompaniment, though the sound of the strings on my recording may be just a bit bright and nasal at times. Winds are presented better. All in all, another reasonably priced Columbia SAX worth owning, especially for pianophiles.