This must be one of the most exciting and powerful performances of Tchaikovsky's Concerto No.1 in recent decades. The phenomenally gifted Turkish pianist, Fazil Say gives incredibly dynamic and vibrant account of Tchaikovsky concerto and Liszt Bm Sonata both. The stature and maturity of his playing is comparable to the Russian masters. His tone ranging from massive and explosive fortissimo to ethereal pianissimo. What impressed me most is the fresh imagination and lyricism he injects into the both works. St.Petersburg PO's playing, under Temirkanov, is equally brilliant and powerful.
I hadn't heard of this pianist but, at £2.79, couldn't resist trying the "samples". I was very impressed by the playing and recording and was not disappointed with my purchase. A really excellent recording.
Two of my favourite compositions on one record: what a delight. I was bought this as a present after my wife and I attended a concert by the St Petersburg Philharmonic conducted by Yuri Temirkanov. What impressed us that night was the precision of the orchestra's playing and the richness of the sound they produced.
The good news is that the richness and precision are reproduced here for the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto. The quality of the recording is first class. (The piano sonata was recorded in the studio rather than in the St Pertersburg Philharmonia).
I had not heard Fazil Say before. He is very good judging from this recording. He manages here to combine bravura with accuracy. We hear Fazil Say playing the concerto as the composer intended, not modifying it to his liking and not playing to the gallery.
There are many recording of this concerto, of course, and this one has to be up there with the best.
Ther LIzst sonata receives form Fazil Say the lyricism that it deserves. This massive work (it runs for almost 29 unbroken minutes) is one of the great challenges for the concert pianist and Fazil Say has command of it.
A great coupling of two hugely popular works, bravura playing from pianist and orchestra and high quality recordings: recommended.