Piano Concertos (Mata, Dallas So, Moravec)
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Ivan Moravec has made gorgeous studio recordings of both of these concertos. He sounds more adventurous in front of a live audience in the Schumann; taking more chances with rubato and pushing the music toward even more intense expression. It's not ideal playing for this piece, but it works on this occasion and produces a memorable performance, with Edoardo Mata and the orchestra following the soloist's lead very effectively. Conversely, Moravec's studio recording of the Brahms seems even more intense than the live performance, though it, too, is very good. There's a lot of great music (79:38) on this well-recorded disc. --Leslie Gerber
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17 May 2015
Format: Audio CD
This is a fabulous performance of both concertos, and I can only wonder where Ivan Moravec has been all my life - he has completely galvanised this very familiar music into something new and exciting. Poetic, strong, alive to every nuance of phrasing and variation in touch, he builds the music to make you feel that these are the greatest concertos you've ever heard. The live ambiance helps to achieve this - and the recorded sound is vivid and full. The backing by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra under Eduardo Mata is of a piece with the piano playing: the opening tutti in the Brahms is fantastically shaped to get the drama and urgency, but without sounding overly strident. It is perfect in every way, and really if you could only have one recording of either work , this would have to be it.
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Moravec recordings of these works are still available.
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Sadly, this fabulous recording became unavailable when Dorian went out of business. The good news is that Ivan Moravec recorded both of these concertos for Supraphon, thanks to whom both recordings are still available (cat. nos. SU 3508 and SU 3865). And they include additional Schumann and Brahms: the Kinderszenen and the Second Concerto.
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