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Chopin
Piano Concerto Nº 1 in E minor, Op. 11
I. Allegro maestoso

Heinrich Neuhaus
Radio Orchestra of the USSR
Alexander Gauk, cond. (1951)

Neuhaus, student of Godowsky and teacher of Richter, Gilels, Lupu, and many others, curtailed his concert career in order to pursue teaching. His was a notoriously unstable personality, but he was well-loved by his pupils and penned one of the most venerated piano pedagogy texts in the literature. His playing, as Richter recalls, was wildly inconsistent—he could begin a recital “playing like a pig” and end it in breathtaking rapture. This recording of Chopin is particularly fine, evidencing an aristocratic but sincere refinement of expression that is unmatched in modern recording and likely quite close to the character of the composer’s own playing. Neuhaus was in his mid-sixties by this time.