Byron Janis made outstanding recordings of 2nd & 3rd with RCA, but this one by Mercury has more urgency and energy thanks to Dorati's superb conducting. Janis' playing is never bombastic or self-indulgent, but completely truthful to music and has depth and delicacy matched by few. This is the kind of performance I always return to for its sincerity of music making, and certainly Janis' greatest recording along side his super-human Liszt Concerti recording (also Mercury)
I have always liked Earl Wilde's wonderful disc of these two concertos, But Byron Janis's performance is up along side his,at least, but with wonderful Mercury sound and presence. These are superb performances and of the same stature as Janis's performances of the two Liszt concertos, the Prokofiev third, the Tchaikovsky first and the Schumann concerto.[Get them if you can!]
This is a truly inspired performance. I would rate it on the same level as Horowitz or Rachmaninoff himself. It is hard to imagine that anyone could produce a better performance. To lovers of great piano playing, buy this.