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Tchaikovsky - Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3

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Tchaikovsky's Second Piano Concerto is completely overshadowed by the First, probably for good reason - the latter is a superior work in terms of cohesion and melody - yet there is so much to enjoy in the later work, especially when it is played with such bravura and bravado as we hear from Mihail Pletnev and Fedoseyev, both masters of their native idiom. The Third is a torso, part of a projected three movement work which was notionally completed by Tchaikovsky's student Taneyev, but it is so long and varied in mood that it can stand alone as a sort of Fantasia, rather than being a real concerto.

Doubts arise in the first movement of No.2, as its principal subject is rather banal and unmemorable but the brilliance of Pletnev's playing - it is, after all, an Allegro brillante - and the variety of colours in the orchestration provide interest and the second movement is especially beguiling, with its extended, soulful passages for solo violin and cello before they combine with the piano to produce an effect which is more that of a triple concerto. Tchaikovsky was initially criticised for this departure from convention but the result is ravishing. The fiery finale is typical Tchaikovsky in Russian dance mode and Pletnev's dexterity has to be heard to be believed, especially the final descending runs of the coda, taken at extraordinary speed. Fedoseyev provides highly charge, rhythmically very flexible accompaniment and I hear none of the coarseness which can characterise Russian orchestras - mainly because the orchestra here isn't Russian at all, but the Philharmonia on finest form. Its super-charged atmosphere and rapid descending scales sometimes remind me of the faster passages in Strauss's "Burleske"for piano and orchestra.

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A great recording of less popular works, delivered within a few days.
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