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Fine 2cd set of Tchaikovsky's three Piano Concertos!!!,
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This review is from: Tchaikovsky: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-3, Concert Fantasy [GEMINI] (Audio CD)
Having been a fan of Tchaikovsky's famous Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor for many years, I fancied getting all three of his piano concertos. I did consider the Mikhail Pletnev/Philharmonia set but decided on this 2 disc set with Peter Donohoe/Rudolf Barshai/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (late 1980's recordings for EMI) because of its generally good reviews. For me the B flat Concerto is the stand out piece on the first CD and actually on the whole set. There are some reviewers who think it is a "safe performance" rather than very exciting and they do have a point when it is compared with say Martha Argerich/Berlin Philharmonic. But I would say there is enough quality between the excellent Donohoe and the BSO to make this recording very special to listen to. Also included on the first CD is the Concert Fantasy for piano and orchestra with scintillating playing from Peter Donohoe.
On the second CD are Tchaikovsky's 2nd and 3rd Piano Concertos and again fine playing from Donohoe and the BSO. It's just a pity they haven't got the really big tunes of his great B flat minor Concerto.