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Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2, Rachmaninoff: Sy&hellip ~ Sergei Prokofiev
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Our conductor is Tugan Sokhiev, from Ossetia (think, Gergiev?). By all accounts he is someone to watch ... or even better, to whom we may now listen on a new classical disc. He is music director in Toulouse, following on the departure of long-time director Michel Plasson. Sokhiev did a first disc on the Na´ve label that combined really stellar, compelling readings of the Mussorgsky-Ravel Pictures, and Tchaikovsky's fourth symphony.

On this disc Sokhiev and the Toulouse band are joined by fiddler Genevieve Laurenceau, who has a rather distinguished pedigree herself; though she has not yet appeared all that much in the USA classical catalogs. She studied and/or coached with… Read more
Schubert: Impromptus ~ Franz Schubert
Schubert: Impromptus ~ Franz Schubert
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Several high lauded discs of the Schubert Impromptus are already available in our current catalogs - from the high likes of Krystian Zimmerman, Uchida, Brendel, Perahia, Andras Schiff, and Kempff. With smatterings of Impromptu playing from many other gifted and musical players. Radu Lupu sort of occupies a Schubert Impromptu peak all his very own, in the larger topography of ups and downs, valleys and all. You can even dig deeper and maybe come up with Lili Kraus on old Vanguard recordings of very winning Schubert.

Now arrives Andrea Lucchesini. He's taking on both of the two sets, D. 899, D. 935, Opus 90, Opus 142.

His tempos are relaxed, but sustained listening… Read more
Beethoven: Complete Piano Concertos (Paul Lewis) ~ Beethoven
96 of 103 people found the following review helpful
Concerto 1 opens with a lean and lively touch, with special phrasing and lilt in the contrasting woodwinds parts. Since the opening is long-ish, this helps sets the stage for good things to come? Sure enough, when the piano finally enters, Paul Lewis is keeping up just fine. He takes a lighter way with phrasing, though articulation is dry and essentially Beethoven-ian in its speed and wit. By the second extended band passages, we are getting early Beethoven punch in the sforzandos, usually with the piano offering up fast-improvisatory runs and just so explorations of the harmonic framework. The whole first movement walks a fine, deft musical path in balance, appealing with song and… Read more