4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is not the smooth-classic type of performance, which is usually associated with these popular concetos, but uncompromisingly intense and passionate reading by young Kyung Wha Chung, digitally recorded in 1983 in vivid sound quality. The risk she takes in the outer movements of Tchaikovsky concerto is astonishing. She is technically dazzling and solid in the both concertos, yet every phrasing and intonation speaks of her mature artistry and deeper sympathy with the soul of the music, that is reflected particularly in the slow movement of the concertos. Montreal SO's playing, under Dutoit, is wonderfully rich and vibrant, and finely balanced with the soloist. My favourite recording by Chung alongside her deeply Romantic account of Elgar concerto with Solti.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 4 October 2009
I have had this version on my shelve for twenty years and it still holds it's own with the many other versions i have.The playing from Kyung Wha Chung is stunning, i belive she was playing at the top of her game.Charles Dutiot's conduting is right on the button,yes there are many versions around but ,i still come back to this one time and time again
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Recorded in 1981, there is a very good sound on this CD that brings the listener up close to the playing with a good balance between the orchestra and soloist. This is a populist choice, pairing the Tchaikovsky concerto with that by Mendelssohn. (Others have chosen the less well-known or more demanding concertos of the likes of Glazunov, Wieniawski, and Shostakovich.)
Kyung Wha Chung displays much vigour in the allegro of the Tchaikovsky, and there is a suitable fragility in the brief canzonetta, culminating in an insistency that never slacks in the finale.
Kyung Wha Chung's opening movement of the Mendelssohn is often rough-edged, but this is a molto appassionato after all. Again, there is a good immediacy to the sound.
This would not be my first choice (Vengerov is brilliant on the Tchaikovsky), but nevertheless there is little to quibble about on these highly-recommended performances.
(By the way, at the time of writing Amazon are showing the correct `Track Listings' but an incorrect list of what's `On This CD'.)