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Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto, No.1: Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto, No.2 [CD]

Andre Watts , Yoel Levi , Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Yoel Levi
  • Audio CD (18 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Telarc Classical
  • ASIN: B000003D0P
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,117 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23: I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso19:57Album Only
Listen  2. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23: II. Andantino simplice 7:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23: III. Allegro con fuoco 6:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22: I. Andante sostenuto12:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22: II. Allegro scherzando 5:35Album Only
Listen  6. Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22: III. Presto 6:20Album Only


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressive performance 10 Oct 2002
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The version of Tchaikovski's first piano concerto featured on this Telarc disc is good enough, but this recording's main attraction is undoubtedly André Watts' fantastic performance of the Saint-SaŽns second piano concerto, which is at least as good as any version that I've heard, and probably better than most. The monumental, cosmic first movement comes through very strongly here; he's no less impressive with the offbeat rhythms of the second movement, and the spectacular presto is perfectly executed. One should not forget to give Yoel Levi and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra some well-derserved credit: in other recordings of this piece, the soloist and orchestra don't seem to be quite on the same page, but there's no such problem here. I'd be curious to hear Watts perform the four other Saint-SaŽns piano concertos.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!! 16 July 2011
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Extraordinary interpretation of a masterpieces, the warmth and melancholy transmitted by Mr. Watts are of another world!!!! .As for the recording... typically Telard, that is to say, is as if one was in the concert hall.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb performance from super star pianist 19 Oct 2010
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This is a marvellous rendition of 2 piano concertos from different eras which amply demonstrate the fantastic technical and interpretative skills of the foremost american concert pianist. Top recommendation.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New Shine on Old War-Horses 19 Jan 2004
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have not been a particular advocate of André Watts; I've heard him bang about in live concert too many times. And I've even heard him play the Tchaik 1 in concert and was not particularly impressed. But earlier today I heard this performance of the First Concerto on our local NPR station, having tuned in at literally bar 5 (perfect timing!) and, not knowing who it was, I listened. And listened. And listened. And kept thinking, who is this? This is good! And even more I was thinking that the aural stage was perfectly managed, with the piano sound seeming to come OUT of the orchestra rather than set way in front. Further, I could hear orchestral detail (e.g., like those two-flute arpeggios just before the final onrush of the first movement) that are almost never heard on recording. So, fool that I am, I sat in my car until the whole thing was over, really curious to find out who the performers were. I was shocked (and uneasy about my own bias) to learn that it was André Watts, with Yoel Levi conducting the Atlanta Symphony. A recording from ten years ago. I was even more dismayed to remember, once I got home, that I OWN this recording--but I couldn't ever remember listening to it, frankly--and I found it, removed the shrink-wrap (sure enough, I HAD never listened to it) and sat down for a complete run through.
My initial impression lasted. Yes, there were some smudges in the last movement (as Watts sometimes does, alas) and some brief odd blurring of the overall sound, also in the last movement, but myt general assessment from the radio lasted.
And then I listened to the Saint-SaŽns Second Concerto and, again, I had a very positive impression. No, Watts doesn't make the most of the leggierissimo aspects of the third movement, but overall it's a very creditable performance and he conveys convincingly the declamatory aspects of the piece. What Levi and his Atlantans do is electrifying in both pieces. (I even initially wondered, though I assume these concerti are not really part of his repertoire, that it could possibly be Pierre Boulez conducting because of the care taken with instrumental detail.) Some credit, of course, has to go to the recording engineers; Telarc has long been noted for its sterling sound.
So, the bottom line is that these are valuable recordings of both of these warhorses, and particularly if one wants a more natural sound--no harsh spotlight on the piano--and crystal clear orchestral sound.
But I do go on. This is an excellent release in spite of my biases.
Scott Morrison
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Power 2 Aug 2001
By Nichomachus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I first heard this recording when public radio played Saint-Saens' 2nd. I ordered the album that day. Andre Watts is an absolutely fantastic pianist, channeling incredible energy through the music. Although I enjoy the Tchaikovsky, especially the final movement, his playing of the Saint-Saens is utterly incredible. From the first to the last notes, it is one of the most captivating recordings. Other recordings of the concerto just do not measure up to the tension and beauty he instills in it. A must have!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent! 13 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I just heard Andre Watts in concert last night with the Utah Symphony, performing Saint-Saens' Concerto No. 2, and I cannot describe the feelings that came over me during the performance. I rarely stand in ovation - I think that happens too frequently these days - but I was so overcome that I could not remain seated. This concerto has all the elements that make it thoroughly enjoyable: a delightful theme, marvelous spirit, graceful style, and a grand finale finish that takes your breath away. I highly recommend this piece of music so well performed - my only complaint is that CD's can never quite do justice to a performance, but this is a wonderful substitute that I can listen to again and again to relive the memories of a wonderful evening.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a CLEAR recording !!! 29 Mar 2001
By Benjamin Bolival - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I've been looking for a clear-sounding recording of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 (I previously had the Rubinstein and Cherkassky versions --- they were played well but the recording wasn't that great) and this CD was the answer to my search. Not only is its sound clear, it is also played and interpreted by one of the greatest pianists to grace the 20th century, Andre Watts. And added to this wonderful steal is a beautiful rendition of Saints-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2. Bravo, Telarc!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressive performance 23 Sep 2002
By "mythologue" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The version of Tchaikovski's first piano concerto featured on this Telarc disc is good enough, but this recording's main attraction is undoubtedly André Watts' fantastic performance of the Saint-SaŽns second piano concerto, which is at least as good as any version that I've heard, and probably better than most. The monumental, cosmic first movement comes through very strongly here; he's no less impressive with the offbeat rhythms of the second movement, and the spectacular presto is perfectly executed. One should not forget to give Yoel Levi and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra some well-derserved credit: in other recordings of this piece, the soloist and orchestra don't seem to be quite on the same page, but there's no such problem here. I'd be curious to hear Watts perform the four other Saint-SaŽns piano concertos.
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