I have had this recording for many many years. It is simply a magnificent work.
It is almost Mahlerian in its range of moods, and while it can seem episodic, (at any given time sardonic, bombastic,
reflective, blissful), it all hangs together seamlessly by virtue of an inner logic.
By the end you feel you have been taken on a mighty journey.....and the ending is so moving I feel emotionally drained every time I hear it.
Be prepared for a kind of "rough ride" both where the concerto is concerned, and the recording. The Leningrad PO play as if their lives depend on it.....very "Soviet" performance and recording, some might call them. But where with some recordings you have heard many times, you dread the arrival of a 'split' brass note....in this case the performance is white hot and such moments are part of the whole exciting experience.
I find it intriguing to wonder if a studio performance, perhaps with Sinaisky and Stadler again, but with a western orchestra, might please but not overwhelm.....? (But I have the feeling we will have to live with only this recording.)
If you like Bartok 2, or William Schuman's fine concerto, for example, the language Tishchenko employs will hold no fears.
I referred to Mahler earlier, and this only because Tishchenko has that rare gift for taking the occasionally banal and turning it into something sublime. The beauty is below the surface, but it always there, and when it 'surfaces' it is overwhelming.
Stadler's performance is breathtaking, and we should be in his debt for undertaking such a mighty task. Some of his 'fiddling' defies belief.