Tchaikovsky: Piano Concertos; Concert Fantasia

( 1 )

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Listeners who are sick of Tchaikovsky's "First Piano Concerto," its bombastic opening, its pretentious ending, and all its pointless filigree in between, should hear this recording of that concerto plus the composer's other works for piano and orchestra by English pianist Stephen Hough, because they will be totally, completely, and utterly blown away. It's not just because Hough nails the notes technically or plumbs the depths interpretively, although he does both with a mastery and a dedication that rival Richter. Hough appears to believe whole-heartedly that Tchaikovsky's three piano concertos and his "Concert Fantasia" are truly great works, and his belief infuses his ...
See more details below
CD
$43.69
BN.com price
(Save 5%)$45.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (CD)
  • All (3) from $28.70   
  • New (3) from $28.70   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Listeners who are sick of Tchaikovsky's "First Piano Concerto," its bombastic opening, its pretentious ending, and all its pointless filigree in between, should hear this recording of that concerto plus the composer's other works for piano and orchestra by English pianist Stephen Hough, because they will be totally, completely, and utterly blown away. It's not just because Hough nails the notes technically or plumbs the depths interpretively, although he does both with a mastery and a dedication that rival Richter. Hough appears to believe whole-heartedly that Tchaikovsky's three piano concertos and his "Concert Fantasia" are truly great works, and his belief infuses his performances with the kind of commitment they rarely receive. Too many pianists seem content to ride Tchaikovsky's stupendously difficult piano concertos to technical glory without considering that they may have musical worth as well. Hough, however, goes deep into the scores and finds more passages of awestruck beauty, emotional intensity, and sheer inspiration than any pianist since Richter. With super-charged accompaniments by Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra and in-your-face sound by Hyperion, this is the two-disc set of Tchaikovsky's concertos to get if you're getting only one. Hough's transcriptions of Tchaikovsky's songs, "Solitude" and "None But the Lonely Heart," that close the first disc, are exceedingly lovely. The two transcriptions for violin, cello, and piano of the central movement of the "Second Concerto" that close the second disc, the first by Siloti and the second by Hough, are almost unbearably intimate.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/13/2010
  • Label: Hyperion Uk
  • UPC: 034571177113
  • Catalog Number: 67711
  • Sales rank: 6,565

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Stephen Hough (32:15)
    Composed byPeter Ilich Tchaikovsky
    Conducted byOsmo Vänskä
    Performed byMinnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä
    1. 1Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito
    2. 2Andantino semplice - Prestissimo - Andantino semplice
    3. 3Allegro con fuoco - Molto meno mosso - Allegro vivo
  2. 4–5 Concert Fantasia, for piano & orchestra (or 2 pianos) in G major, Op. 56 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Stephen Hough (28:24)
    Composed byPeter Ilich Tchaikovsky
    Conducted byOsmo Vänskä
    Performed byMinnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä
    1. 4Quasi rondo: Andante mosso
    2. 5Contrastes: Andante cantabile
  3. 6 Solitude (Again, as before, alone), song for voice & piano, Op. 73/6 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Stephen Hough (2:09)
    Composed byPeter Ilich Tchaikovsky
  4. 7 None but the lonely heart, song for voice & piano, Op. 6/6 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Stephen Hough (2:45)
    Composed byPeter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Disc 2
  1. 1–3 Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major, Op. 44 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Stephen Hough (39:40)
    Composed byPeter Ilich Tchaikovsky
    Conducted byOsmo Vänskä
    Performed byMinnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä
    1. 1Allegro brillante
    2. 2Andante non troppo
    3. 3Allegro con fuoco
  2. 4 Piano Concerto No. 3 in E flat major, Op. post. 75 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Stephen Hough (14:46)
    Composed byPeter Ilich Tchaikovsky
    Conducted byOsmo Vänskä
    Performed byMinnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä
  3. 5 Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major, Op. 44: Andante non troppo - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Stephen Hough (7:05)
    Composed byPeter Ilich Tchaikovsky
    Conducted byOsmo Vänskä
    Performed byMinnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä
  4. 6 Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major, Op. 44: Andante non troppo - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Stephen Hough (13:55)
    Composed byPeter Ilich Tchaikovsky
    Conducted byOsmo Vänskä
    Performed byMinnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stephen Hough Primary Artist
Osmo Vänskä Primary Artist
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(1)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews