http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okSpoz6ZUOU

Not bad to hear Chopin’s concerto no. 2 as a thing in its own right, not just as a lesser version of no.1 (which I always felt was a very common way of playing it).

No. 2 is maybe actually more timid or with calmer sentiments than the e minor concerto. At least it is played like that here, which I feel works very well. Perhaps this concerto is telling us a completely different story, even if it has really got a lot of the same turns as the e minor one.

I think the soloist could have gone even longer in the direction that she started, especially in the last movement, where some of the darker turns would probably change the whole concept of it, if explored better.
She still has concerto no.1 a little too much in her mind, I think, giving
priority to parts that are typical for the mainstream romantic drama that goes through that concerto.

We could perhaps see the two pieces as two different persons telling the same story, with their individual points and different reasons to be upset.

A version of the e minor concerto, to compare with, with Artur Rubinstein, who specialized in Chopin:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nP_VQ63o_JI

To give you a “standard” version of the f minor and really risk my neck, here is Rubinstein again:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ge-V8PwR9hI