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  • Audio CD (24 Mar. 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B0000041L0
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor, Op.23 - 1. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spiritoGennadi Rozhdestvensky and Victoria Postnikova and Wiener Symphoniker22:52Album Only
  2. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor, Op.23 - 2. Andantino semplice - Prestissimo - Tempo IGennadi Rozhdestvensky and Victoria Postnikova and Wiener Symphoniker 8:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor, Op.23 - 3. Allegro con fuocoGennadi Rozhdestvensky and Victoria Postnikova and Wiener Symphoniker 7:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D, Op.35 - 1. Allegro moderatoCharles Dutoit and Kyung Wha Chung and Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal17:52Album Only
  5. Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D, Op.35 - 2. Canzonetta (Andante)Charles Dutoit and Kyung Wha Chung and Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 6:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D, Op.35 - 3. Finale (Allegro vivacissimo)Charles Dutoit and Kyung Wha Chung and Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal10:27Album Only

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.2 in G, Op.44 - 1. Allegro brillanteGennadi Rozhdestvensky and Victoria Postnikova and Wiener Symphoniker24:40Album Only
  2. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.2 in G, Op.44 - 2. Andante non troppoGennadi Rozhdestvensky and Michael Schlitzler and Victoria Postnikova and Walter Schulz and Wiener Symphoniker16:58Album Only
  3. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.2 in G, Op.44 - 3. Allegro con fuocoGennadi Rozhdestvensky and Victoria Postnikova and Wiener Symphoniker 8:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.3 in E flat, Op.75 (Unfinished)Gennadi Rozhdestvensky and Victoria Postnikova and Wiener Symphoniker18:14Album Only

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By abkq on 8 Nov. 2014
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It is a relief not to have to listen to Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto as a virtuoso warhorse. Here the husband and wife team of Rozhdestvensky & Postnikova treat this work - as well as the second and third concerti - as being much more substantial than usual, delighting in every nuance, and taking time over every phrase. The performances are magisterial. And daring in their interpretation too. For example, in the first movement of the second concerto, they actually draw attention to the disjunction between the block-like first subject and the lyrical second subject by articulating the pause between them. And yet the work manages in all places to maintain its forward momentum because of the rock-solid pulse and the pianist's and conductor's sense of architecture.
Five stars for the three piano concerti.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bill Glen on 24 Feb. 2014
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It is fair to say that Postnikova tends to be overshadowed by titanic readings by more famous rivals in the Tchaikovsky piano concertos, especially the first piano concerto. However, these remain very musically rewarding performances, not lacking in virtuosity and imagination, and she is a fine musician even though for me older favourites are harder to displace in the first piano concerto. The torso that is the Third piano concerto is also given a sympathetic reading. There is much to enjoy in all of these performances that are well recorded, but I have left the best to last. The second concerto, performed in it's full original version, sounding very "Russian" both in its majestic account of the first movement and in the soul-searching inwardness of this rapt account of the slow movement. This for me has become a favourite version to set against the celebrated EMI Donohoe Bournemouth Symphony Barshai account and I would buy the set even if it were for this reading alone. In this work there is a perfectly balanced musical partnership between soloist, conductor and orchestra and the beautiful performance sounds just right. Rozdhestvensky's conducting throughout brings a penetrating illumination to these concertos and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra are very good.

Kyung Wha Chung provides a dazzling account of the violin concerto sympathetically partnered by Dutoit in Montreal.
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Lovely music BUT cannot download to car radio, cannot download to a CD. Beware.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Great purchase 14 Feb. 2010
By Ellanora - Published on Amazon.com
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Love Tchaikovsky concertos and ever since seeing Rozhdestvensky conducting and Postnikova performing with the London Symphony Orchestra at the summer International Festival in Daytona FL have wanted a recording with both. This is great. I was looking for a recording with both Rozhdestvenskys (father and son) as well as Postnikova but found this and am very happy with it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Tchaikovsky's Complete Concertos 1 Feb. 2011
By Robert E. Nylund - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Here is a wonderful compilation of all four of the concertos that Peter Tchaikovsky composed. While most listeners are familiar with Tchaikovsky's first piano concerto (which is often erroneously said to be THE Tchaikovsky piano concerto) and his only violin concerto, here is a chance to also hear the second and third piano concertos.

The performers included in the two-disc set are among the best interpreters of Tchaikovsky's music. First, the three piano concertos are performed by the gifted virtuoso pianist Viktoria Postnikova, accompanied by the very fine Vienna Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gennady Rohdestvensky. This is NOT the more famous and prestigious Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, but recordings such as this demonstrate that Vienna has another very fine orchestra that probably is better than most others. Postnikova clearly has an affinity for the Tchaikovsky piano concertos, all of which are extremely demanding for the soloist. It is marvelous to hear ALL of the notes played clearly and precisely, while at the same time played with great feeling and understanding. Her playing alone is worth hearing in these spectacular works, but the orchestra provides more than capable accompaniment, adding to the musical excitement.

Gennady Rozhdestvensky, a veteran Russian conductor known for numerous recordings released by Russia's Melodiya label, has a real appreciation for this music and is probably among a handful of conductors who can bring out all of the nuances of this very romantic and intense music. Rozhdestvensky clearly loves this music and, although he is a rather mild-mannered maestro (judging from some videos of concert performances), he probably better understands than many other conductors. When Tchaikovsky's music is particularly well-played, as it is in these recordings, it is a special treat.

The Tchaikovsky first piano concerto is among the best known of all piano concertos. Its musical challenges are also well known. It is always exciting to hear a performance that not only lives up to the demands of the score but actually exceeds what one might expect. I always listen for the dramatic orchestral interlude in the first movement, which gives the soloist a break before some especially demanding musical challenges, to see how well things will go. The performance as that section, as well as the entire performance, is one of the best I've ever heard.

I first discovered the second piano concerto years ago when Columbia Records issued a performance with Gary Graffman, accompanied by the legendary Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy. I little realized that there were cuts in the performance. However, I've since learned that this concerto is probably more difficult than the first piano concerto, which may explain to some extent why it isn't performed more. I've also heard that first piano concerto is SO popular that it has eclipsed the other two concertos. However, I do think this concerto has considerable merit and should be heard. I was pleased that Rozhdestvensky didn't "set off for the races" at the beginning as happened on Vox's old recording with Michael Kapp conducting. There is more give and take in the accompaniment, which adds to the excitement and enjoyment. The rare treat of this music is the amazing second movement, which is virtually scored for a piano, violin, and cello, accompanied by orchestra, the closest that Tchaikovsky came to writing a triple concerto in the mode of Beethoven. Some of this music has sometimes been cut because it requires three gifted soloists, but this recording features all of the music and it is wonderfully played by Postnikova and featured players of the Vienna Symphony.

The third piano concerto is an adaptation, by Tchaikovsky, from the first movement of a projected symphony (which would have been his sixth). It is a real, rare treat to hear this music, which was nearly destroyed by the composer when he once again doubted his musical talents, near the end of his life. Tchaikovsky's colleague Sergei Taneyev took the sketches for two of the other movements of the planned symphony and completed the orchestration and arrangement, producing a full three-movement piano concerto. Later, Taneyev's score, along with a piano scherzo that may have been the symphony's original scherzo, was adpated into a four-movement symphony by a Russian composer and musicologist. The one-movement concerto, which is in Tchaikovsky's hand, is a very exciting and wonderful piece to hear, especially in this fine performance.

Finally, there is the brilliant violin concerto, performed here by Kyung Wha Chung, along with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, conducted by its longtime music director Charles Dutoit, who eventually left Montreal to take on a greater role with the Philadelphia Orchestra. This is also one of the better-recorded performances of a Tchaikovsky score and is delightful and very pleasing throughout. Once again, there is some dazzling playing by the soloist and wonderful orchestral accompaniment.

All of the performance benefit from Decca's superb recording techniques and can be a wonderful addition to a collection of Tchaikovsky's music.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Violin excellent; Great pianist never gets started 30 July 2011
By A piano teacher - Published on Amazon.com
The violin concerto is such a superb piece (with fine performance here) that it is difficult to give this set a single rating. I have been a Postnikova fan for many years; her solo recordings are often superbly exciting. Why then do her concerto recordings tend to be sodden and inhibited? Listen to the clips Amazon provides; believe me, it never gets any better. Same with her recordings of the Prokofiev 3rd and Chopin 2nd. Such a shame! If you want a thrill ride, seek out her now-obscure debut recording of Schumann Kreisleriana (hailed at the time as the finest version available) with assorted etudes. Her complete Mendelssohn Songs Without Words is a shocker; just delightful. Her Tchaikovsky complete works is surely the best that will ever be done. She played in the United States in the late 70's - her crazy Rachmaninoff 4th concerto rocked like Josef Hofmann. She absolutely has the goods, but sometimes there seem to be issues behind the red recording light. If you don't like her playing, you haven't heard the right discs. For a complete set of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concertos, Pletnev gets my vote for spontaneous & exciting playing, beautiful recorded sound, and a bargain price.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Postnikova performs Tchaikovsky Piano Concertos 21 Dec. 2011
By Ralph Luciano - Published on Amazon.com
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These performances by Victoria Postnikova of the three Tchaikovsky Piano Concertos display an excellently romantic approach to the works, and to the collaboration with Gennadi Rozhdestvensky -- while some pianists perform these works as if they are riding a race horse, these artists give the music both space and time to breathe : lyricism, poetry, and beauty of expression are the chief highlights of these excellent presentations. Recommended without reservation to anyone who has a romantic heart: you will not be disappointed in any way!!! The piano playing reminds me of Daniel Barenboim's recording of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto # 1 under the direction of Sergiu Celibidache; particularly excellent is the performance by Ms. Postnikova of the cadenza in the first movement of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto # 2 -- in the humble opinion of your servant, there is no better recorded performance of this particular cadenza!!!!!!!
4 Str Tchaikovsky from Mr. and Mrs. Rohzdestvensky 14 Sept. 2014
By NUC MED TECH - Published on Amazon.com
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09-13-2014 My wife, Thelma, and I first heard the 2nd Piano Concerto of Tchaikovsky either in 1973 0r 74/5, as we were engaged or newly married, back in our Chicago area home. Conductor Gennady Rohzdestvensky came to the Windy City to lead our CSO in a pair of mostly Russian concerts, featuring the Manfred Symphony and this piano concerto, the successor to the wildly popular 1st in b-minor, which these artists did not present to us. By the way, both Miss Postnikova, the soloist on the Orchestra Hall Steinway, was, and still is, the wife of the Maestro, whom at that time, I think, was MD in St.Petersburg with the Philharmonic. An interesting time in our history back then as music and politics were being combined, like it or not. Recently, Rostropovich had gained asylum in the USA and we saw and heard him the following Summer at the Ravinia Festival north of the city. A "standing O" preceded his first note played with the warmest reception I can ever recall. He offered us a gorgeously lyrical Dvorak b-minor Cello Concerto under Jimmy Levine, on that balmy, warm Summer evening. Two weeks earlier, we had heard Janos Starker play the same work in bravura and sweeping fashion with a local community orchestra.
This 2 CD set from London records features performances of most of the Concertante music of Tchaikovsky, minus his "Rococco Variations," and the "Pezzo Capriccioso for Violin and orchestra," a short, showy piece with more flash and technique than substance. It is hardly a companion piece to the Violin Concerto, never really taken seriously by the critics. Still, it's a fun work, but not included in this less than complete set. Too bad, the "Rococco," and the "Pezzo," were omitted.
However, let' be grateful for what we DO have, the 3 piano concerti and the famous Violin Concerto in D, combining for over 142 minutes of tuneful, rhythmic and highly melodic material, very well played and conducted by this more than competent pair, well accustomed to working together.
As for the music, these four concertante works are presented in the order of composition, so that one can hear them chronologically as they were actually written without having to skip around between the 2 CD's. The Violin Concerto, was written in 1878, 3 years after the Concerto #1 and a year before the 2nd, in G. It is performed by the South Korean artist Kyung Wha Chung, and here accompanied by Charles Dutoit and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, recorded in that Canadian city in July 1981, while the three piano concertos were taped in 1982, all in the Sofiensaal in October of '82.
I have, since my earliest years of self-study, been an admirer of Rohzdestvensky, but unfamiliar with his wife, Viktoria Postnikova, and these disks are the only efforts of her's on my shelves. The pianist is 70 years old currently, and has recorded the Busoni Concerto, along with the concerti of Brahms, Prokofiev and Chopin, herself a winner of the Chopin Competition at age 22, in 1965. Husband Gennady is age 83 now. he often drops hisnhands to hisside andstands motionless during the music, indicating the orchestra needs no instruction from himfor a few moments. Interesting, but I have generally liked his traditional interpretations, with their moderate tempi, sense of grandeur, seldom, if ever, garish and always exciting, vibrant and very Russian. Much less incendiary than Mravinsky, he was, in my opinion, the most universal of Soviet conductors, a "musicians' musician" paying homage to "the greats", as did YM. His discography includes Brahms, Beethoven, Sibelius, Bach and of course, lots of romantic Russian music, notably his terrific Tchaikovsky. See his really good Tchaikovsky 4th in London with the Leningrad, on "Youtube."
The grandeur and stateliness of the 1st in b-minor is matched by his sweeping 2nd Concerto in G, dating from October 1879 to April 1880, and receiving much less scathing criticism from the composer's friend and mentor Anton Rubenstein, who raked Tchaikovsky over the coals with the Op. 23 b-minor, now, and long since, one of the top 5 most loved Piano Concerti ever. It was this lesser known 2nd that we heard back in our youth and, for the life of me, I find it's obscurity puzzling. Not a "great" work, admittedly, it still offers some of the composer's better writing for the piano and, despite it mamouth length, over 49 minutes, it deserves more exposure. but, compared to it's runaway fame of the younger sibling #1, that seems unlikely these days. Too bad. Perhaps had young phenoms such as Pehria, Kissen or Grimaud given it attention in performances during their meteoric early careers, things might be different, but that did not happen. Still, these Mr. and Mrs. Rohzdestvensky did a fine job with this highly melodic, sweeping and "big sounding" music. Somewhere, Tchaikovsky is smiling.
Like the 1st, the 2nd opens in grand, forte strides, sounding every bit the "imperial" that I found so appealing, reminiscent of the final glorious, but doomed days of the family of Nicholas II, and the last stages of the elegance of Holy Russia, before the murderous, atheistic butcher took over, by force, mind you. So much for their "for the people" deceptions, the revolution was simply about power, and power hungry madmen, culminating in the reign of the 20th Century's greatest killer of them all, the satanic Joseph Stalin. Sometimes I think Hitler a cheap "school-yard bully" compared to this systematized age of death and destruction of a hard won cultural ascendancy, engineered through the later 818th/19th Centuries, and crippled severely by the first World War and the Revolutions of 1905 and 1917. For a sound-image of these tragic times, listen to several of the Shostakovich Symphonies and quartets, i.e. the 4th, 7th 8th, 11th and a few Quartets, like #8, #10 and so on. And DO NOT omit the a-minor Violin concerto, the greatest 20th century violin concerto of all. (Ilyah Kayler on Naxos!!!), with Hilary Hahn's and Sarah Chang's close behind.
Tchaikovsky's 3rd piano Concerto, often referred to as the "Allegro brillante" is a personal favorite of mine, and I have loved it since first hearing it some 35-40 years ago. As a projected Symphony, the never completed 7th in E Flat, it is really "brilliante"; flashy, showy, rhythmic, bubbly and full of terrific virtuosity, played to the hilt by VP and GR. The ONLY downside is it's brevity, a disappointingly short 18:14, yet ever so satisfying and interesting. I absolutely love it, now as much as ever! A real hidden jewel in the composer's canon.
Kyung Wha Chung's beautiful Violin Concerto in D, gets a somewhat dry accompaniment from Dutoit and his Montreal Sym., coming off "matter-of-factly" and rather cold. It doesn't fit well with the red-blooded treatment of the other works in this London 2 for 1 set, bought for a bargain $7.50 back in October 2011.
Overall, a good set of disks giving the listener the progressive perspective of Tchaikovsky's concertante thinking and writing, and, coupled with the several complete Symphony sets, manu of them contained on 3 discs or less, the music lover can get a pretty much glogbal survey of the composers best efforts, with one glaring and vital omission, you need his ballet music. As much f it as you can bare, which I argue isn't hard at all. The suites are quite important, but a "complete" recording is a treasure, often with ALL the repeats included, even though they add time, but it is rather a small burden. IF,IF,IF ever someone releases a CD transfer of the GR/USSR Sym. Orch Melodya LP recording, I'll snap it up in a heart best. I have this 3 LP box set, and the sound is super clear, crisp, clean and brilliant, but very, very shallow. Almost no bass at all and the percussion just comes off flat. OH---- for a CD version---OR a Super Audio one!! Whew!!, I'm breaking out in a sweat! L.O.L. Get this 2 CD pack from London and treat yourself. Best wishes and happy, 4.00 star rating, listening. God bless you, Tony.

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