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5.0 out of 5 stars first class recording, 18 Jan. 2011
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This review is from: Shostakovich : Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2, Piano Sonata No.2 - Apex (Audio CD)
Elizabeth Leonskaja and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra may not be as well known or famous as other performers, but on the basis of this recording alone, they should be.
Elizabeth Leonskaja gives a stunningly beautiful performance on piano. She gives us passion and emotion in her rendition of the piano concertos. It is clear that she puts clarity and accuracy as her priority.
I would say that she has a wide colouristic range. There is real subtleness in parts and strong recognition of melody in others.
She is given high quality backing from the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra with Hugh Wolf and an outstanding performance by Gary Borden on trumpet (concerto one).
The recording of the piano concertos alone is worth the investment in this disc. But there is the bonus of the Piano Sonata No2. Once again Leonskaja illustrates her masterly control and her energetic ability.
The sound and engineering are excellent with depth and clarity. And the current price band makes this a priority release.
Without a doubt this is a fantastic release and you cannot go wrong with this recording.
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