I bought the CD after hearing Piano Concerto No. 2 for the first time at a stunningly fantastic performance at the Royal Festival Hall in London. The soloist Martin Helmchen took the piece at a very leisurely and mesaured pace without lacking on the playful character of the piece, which worked wonderfully, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra were at their best. Leonard Bernstien's approach is similarly measured, but again it by no means lacks any flare, passion, and virtuosity, and is a stunning performance. I daresay the performance is better than the other CD on sale on Amazon where the composer, his son and, grandson take turns at each movement. For example, Dmitri's performance on the first movement, in my opinion, is too rushed, and Maxim's performance of the 2nd movement to me comes across as a little flat.
What was great about the CD is the inclusion of the Piano Concerto No.1 and also the Cello Concerto, two pieces I was unfamiliar with before purchasing the CD. Both Yo-Yo Ma and Andre Previn perform brilliantly and both pieces are a joy to listen too.
Overall, a brilliant showcase of three great Shostacovich concertos, performed by three fanastic soloist! A must for any Shostacovich lover.