Tchaikovsky: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-3, Concert Fantasy [GEMINI] Original recording remastered
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Donohoe and Barshai play it a bit safe, a bit conservative. Had they let themselves go a little more, they might well have given us the recording of the (20th) century. Even so, a good buy at bargain price. Its only serious competition if you want to hear the complete 2nd concerto is the super-budget Naxos recording with Bernd Glemser and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra under Antoni Wit, which also includes Tanayev's orchestration of the Andante and Finale Op. 79.
Altogether, a satisfactory reading of a work that is very poorly served in both the concert hall and the recording studio, coupled with the ever popular B flat minor concerto, the single movement third concerto and the Fantasie de Concert. I think, like another reviewer, that I prefer the 2nd to the 1st.
Donohoe's playing is masterful, if a little on the safe side at times, and it is in this respect that we are left a little underwhelmed by the end. The central solo section of the first movement of the Concert Fantasy is a particular case in point, being taken at so leisurely a pace that it lacks the necessary momentum and drive that marks this piece out as one of the most glittering and exciting in all the piano repertoire. Donohoe's clarity is commendable, but to play Tchaikovksy as you might play Beethoven is to miss the essential Russianness of his music which, I respectfully suggest, demands the degree of risk-taking and adrenaline-fired romanticism that the Pletnev recording, for example, has in abundance. The balance leaves a little to be desired, as well, and some of Donohoe's most brilliant work is lost at times beneath an overly hyped orchestra.
The 2nd Piano Concerto provides the best listening on these discs and it's interesting to hear a perfromance in which the traditional criticisms of this work, namely that the middle movement is in fact a triple concerto, have been awarded a hearty two fingers with the apportioning of the solo violin and cello roles to the stellar personages of Nigel Kennedy and Steven Isserlis.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
His 'Second' was
the first 78's album that I bought, in 1944. So listening to this disc brings back many memories.
Peter Donohoe’s recording of Tchaikovsky's Second and Third Piano Concertos, from 1987 and 1989, respectively, won a number of awards and recommendations. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Dr R
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. Read morePublished on 11 Feb. 2014 by Michael Paul Smith