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The Slow Movement of No.2...,
This review is from: Tchaikovsky: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-3, Concert Fantasy [GEMINI] (Audio CD)
The slow movement is one of Tchaikovsky's most divine inspirations and we hear it here with two world class soloists; Nigel Kennedy and Stephen Isserlis. This is important because this movement was hacked and chipped away at by an inferior composer, Ziloti (or Siloti or Zhiloti) who these savage cuts, in spite of Tchaikovsky's own protestations. Here, rarely, it is given in its original version, sounding like a triple concerto - hence the high powered soloists.
At the time of writing, this 2 CD set is being sold by Amazon for under £9, so if you're on a budget then just go ahead and buy it. As with any other complete set, you might find a version of the First Concerto you prefer, but that's the price of buying all the piano works by one pianist.
I agree with another reviewer that the 1st concerto does lack a little excitement and perhaps sound a tad routine, but, if only for the complete version of that glorious 2nd concerto's slow movement, throw caution to the winds and spend £9 on music that will grow with you and last a lifetime.