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on 25 November 2015
very happy
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on 16 April 2012
I simply reproduce the Gramophone review of this performance in case it is helpful:

There are now over 50 recordings of the Tchaikovsky B flat Concerto in the catalogue. To the three selected comparisons--all well established and enjoying wide favour--I could add perhaps a dozen more with some kind of special appeal (who would want to be without one of the two Horowitz/Toscaninis reissued by RCA, for instance?). Probably every one of these could have something fairly substantial said against it, however. Then I suppose there are about 20 I definitely would want to be without, and another 20 I've simply yet to hear.
But in the select dozen, or certainly in the Top 20, I would want to find a place for Pletnev. He has the kind of technique which makes for clarity where others have to fudge, his touch is full of colour and spontaneous inflexion, and he can spring surprises without breaking the musical thread. He brings a lovely romantic suppleness to the middle movement, plus a genuine virtuoso fantasy in the prestissimo; and the finale is consistently creative
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on 27 April 2004
I have heard many versions of Tchaikovsky's famous 1st piano concerto andam pleased to say the one on this recording is one of the best. Pletnev'stone and communication through the music could not be better. Thewonderful theme at the very beginning of the first movement is capturedbeautifully by the accompanying orchestra. Even throughout the rest of thework, without any return of this theme, the players manage to indulge inthe evident romanticism of the 1st Concerto. Tchaikovsky's larger worksoften follow this structure. One great, awe-inspiring theme thatoverwhelms the audience followed by a slight descent into developingpassages. It is all too often a great shame that these long parts of thescore are left as a second-concern to the orchestra who are wonderful atstating themes, and not so wonderful at brining the essence of them intofollowing bars. This, however, does not occur here and the playing in the1st concerto is consistent and stylistic.
Why not five stars? Well, personally, It's the second concerto that letthis recording down for me. The work itself is more refined andtechnically balanced than the first (yet it has less of an immediateimpact upon the listener) and requires utmost and total perfection at thekeyboard. I have heard this done perhaps once in all the recordings I haveheard and have made it a rule to mark all other versions against it. Thisone falls ever so slightly short, I have heard better.
A similar, but now much less obvious problem continues into the thirdconcerto. But it is hardly noticable and the last concerto is generallybrilliantly observed by the musicians and the depth of playing we heard inthe 1st is regurgitated and spewed out in wonderful style. The codaespecially is well perfected and lets this fantastic recording go out witha bang.
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on 24 January 2010
The Tchaikovsky 1 remains one of the very great and most original piano concertos. Pletnoev's imperious performance must be heard as the notes vanish under his fingers. Absolutely tremendous even if Argerich remains the tops for sheer fire and fantasy. The other concertos are not Tchaikovsky at his best but are exceedingly well played and these discs are extremely good value.
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on 4 January 2007
Tchaikovsky poured passion and pianistic fireworks into all three of these concerti, Pletnev's fingers are brilliant, but in his quest to show off his superb technique, he tramples all over Tchakovsky's passion and nunances. Such a shame, I wish I could play with a mere fraction of Pletnev's admirable technique, but despite the attraction of the excellent value of this triple concerto set, I would urge prospective buyers to seek out recordings by Gilels, Ashkenazy or Ogden and make up their Tchaikovsky 3 concerto library by buying the recordings individually, you may lose a few £ but you'll have recordings that you will play again and again. Sorry Mr Pletnev, I'm sure you'll have many more successes, but this recording set isn't one of them.
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on 1 August 2014
Knowing all about No.1, a reasonably amount about No.2 and only what I watched on the BBC Proms for No.3, it is nice to have all three piano concertos on one disc. I had not heard the Concert Fantasy before so this was a bonus. There is just one point, though. The whole of No.3 is merely a single movement and shorter than the first movement of No.1. Does it really qualify as a proper concerto or would it be more accurately called another Concert Fantasy? Apart from that, the CD is long-playing and quite good value for money.
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on 23 April 2013
Excellent recordings.

Need to spend some time listening to it aside from doing something else as the dynamic ranges are quite wide. Not ideal for in the car unless the volume is up high which means the louder sections are a bit too heavy.

Very good performance by the pianist :-)
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