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5.0 out of 5 stars Postnikova & Rozhdestvensky found the soul of Tchaikovsky's three piano concerti, 8 Nov. 2014
This review is from: Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto Nos. 1-3/Violin Concerto (Audio CD)
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
5.0 out of 5 stars a fine digital bargain, 24 Feb. 2014
This review is from: Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto Nos. 1-3/Violin Concerto (Audio CD)
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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