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5.0 out of 5 stars Very strong performance in an over crowded field..., 3 Jun. 2013
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This review is from: Schumann / Dvorak: Piano Concertos (Francesco Piemontesi) (Audio CD)
Wow - recording the Schumann piano concerto with such strong competition is a brave thing to do. Make no mistake - Piemontesi has plenty to say and says it with direct intention. That's not to say he lacks poetry or sensitivity. Try the second movement for subtle artistry and the third has real sense of purpose without the rush to the finish line that have marred some classic accounts.

The pianist enjoys superb accompiament from Belohlavek and the BBCSO. Despite this being such a well worn 'warhorse' the last movement is incredibly tricky to both start and keep together. (I once heard Abbado, the Berlin Phil. and a very well known pianist make a real hash of this movement!) No such problems here. The violas make a very showing of that odd passage at 3' 17" in the finale.

As for the Dvorak concerto, well, even this team struggle to make a case for a work that has always eluded very fine musicians. Perhaps it's fair to say that in this curate's egg of a work the good bits are very good indeed and he less inspired passages are played with respect. What more can you ask for?

A lovely addition to the catalogue.
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Initial post: 7 Jun 2013 08:52:05 BDT
enthusiast says:
Thank you. I more or less agree on the Schumann and also agree that this Dvorak doesn't come off so well. But I do think you could acknowledge a couple of fine accounts of the Dvorak - those by Firkusny and Aimard. The Aimard, in particular, demonstrates that the work is one of the greatest piano concertos of the 19th Century.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jun 2013 12:15:19 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Jun 2013 12:19:42 BDT
BERLIN DOC says:
I must agree with you, regarding the Dvorak concerto.
Time and time again we read of the concerto's short comings and that it is 'awkward' for the pianist to play.
It is, in my opinion a gem and deserves to be heard much
more often in the concert hall.
I agree with the Firkusny being great. Richter's version should also be in the collection of all Dvorak fans.
I have had great pleasure also with the recent recording by Hayroudinoff and the BBC Phil. and urge anyone in any doubt as to this concerto's greatness, to listen to this recording.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jan 2014 02:37:00 GMT
Last edited by the author on 15 Jan 2014 02:41:29 GMT
Hayroudinoff (Chandos), Jando (Naxos) and Primakov (Bidge) are the best modern recordings of the Dvorak piano conceto so far.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Sep 2014 14:16:13 BDT
Precession says:
Two very good recordings of the Dvorak - Piemontesi / Belohlavek reviewed here, and Rigutto /Macal recently reissued on Decca. New Decca with Ohlsson / Belohlavek also excellent.
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