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Tchaikovsky: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-3, Concert Fantasy [GEMINI] [Original recording remastered]

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra , Rudolf Barshai , Peter Donohoe , Andrew Keener Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Rudolf Barshai
  • Audio CD (20 Oct 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0000CE7G0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,777 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. I.Quasi rondo (Andante mosso)
2. II.Contrastes (Andante cantabile-Molto vivace-Vivacissimo-Allegro moderato-Vivacissimo-Molto più tranquillo-Vivace)
3. I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso
4. II. Andantino semplice - Prestissimo - Tempo primo
5. III. Allegro con fuoco
Disc: 2
1. I. Allegro brillante
2. II. Andante non troppo
3. III. Allegro con fuoco
4. Allegro brillante - Cadenza - Tempo I - Vivacissimo

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A refreshingly complete reading 1 Nov 2009
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This is a digital recording laid down in the 1980s. As far as I am aware it was among the first recordings to render Concerto no. 2 complete and uncut, restoring the status quo before Ziloti got his hands on it. By contrast,the earlier Gilels recording follows the savage cuts Ziloti made, which more or less eviscerated the second movement. It's refreshing also to hear the second concerto performed with the violin and cello obbligati played by virtuoso soloists in their own right (Kennedy and Isserlis) rather than the leader and principal cellist of the orchestra. This gives a completely fresh perspective on what Tchaikovsky intended.

Donohoe and Barshai play it a bit safe, a bit conservative. Had they let themselves go a little more, they might well have given us the recording of the (20th) century. Even so, a good buy at bargain price. Its only serious competition if you want to hear the complete 2nd concerto is the super-budget Naxos recording with Bernd Glemser and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra under Antoni Wit, which also includes Tanayev's orchestration of the Andante and Finale Op. 79.

Altogether, a satisfactory reading of a work that is very poorly served in both the concert hall and the recording studio, coupled with the ever popular B flat minor concerto, the single movement third concerto and the Fantasie de Concert. I think, like another reviewer, that I prefer the 2nd to the 1st.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Among the best of the complete sets 18 May 2007
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In my opinion this set is hard to beat - and the quality vs price ratio is huge! I have seen Donohoe perform live (Rachmaninov 24 preludes in Manchester) so I bought this CD on the back of his concert. It was a revelation because I had only heard Tchaikovsky's no1 up to that point, but I actually found that No2 became my favourite. It's superb! Inclusion of the No3 and the Fantasy are also bonuses not to be missed. A very generous set all-round.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unrushed, But UnRussian 23 Sep 2006
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Peter Donohoe's recordings of Tchaikovksy's music for piano and orchestra is welcome if for no better reason that it provides us with another interpretation of the all too rarely recorded Concert Fantasy and 2nd Piano Concerto, both unfairly neglected in favour of the deservedly popular 1st concerto. The 3rd concerto, also included on these discs, is something of an anomaly, being a single movement of the great composer at his least inspired, but it's worth a hearing if you haven't had the chance.

Donohoe's playing is masterful, if a little on the safe side at times, and it is in this respect that we are left a little underwhelmed by the end. The central solo section of the first movement of the Concert Fantasy is a particular case in point, being taken at so leisurely a pace that it lacks the necessary momentum and drive that marks this piece out as one of the most glittering and exciting in all the piano repertoire. Donohoe's clarity is commendable, but to play Tchaikovksy as you might play Beethoven is to miss the essential Russianness of his music which, I respectfully suggest, demands the degree of risk-taking and adrenaline-fired romanticism that the Pletnev recording, for example, has in abundance. The balance leaves a little to be desired, as well, and some of Donohoe's most brilliant work is lost at times beneath an overly hyped orchestra.

The 2nd Piano Concerto provides the best listening on these discs and it's interesting to hear a perfromance in which the traditional criticisms of this work, namely that the middle movement is in fact a triple concerto, have been awarded a hearty two fingers with the apportioning of the solo violin and cello roles to the stellar personages of Nigel Kennedy and Steven Isserlis.
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