Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich: Piano Concertos

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All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
Pianist Nikolay Rubinstein, for whom Tchaikovsky wrote his "First Piano Concerto," initially remarked that the concerto was completely unplayable. How ironic that not only was he made to eat his words during his lifetime, but that the concerto has been one of the most widely performed and recorded works in the repertoire. Of course, with that kind of widespread attention, each subsequent recording has more and more difficulty distinguishing itself from its predecessors. Pianist Denis Matsuev, joined by the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, manages to succeed in making this a memorable addition. Matsuev's playing is nothing short of Herculean; he plays with all the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
Pianist Nikolay Rubinstein, for whom Tchaikovsky wrote his "First Piano Concerto," initially remarked that the concerto was completely unplayable. How ironic that not only was he made to eat his words during his lifetime, but that the concerto has been one of the most widely performed and recorded works in the repertoire. Of course, with that kind of widespread attention, each subsequent recording has more and more difficulty distinguishing itself from its predecessors. Pianist Denis Matsuev, joined by the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, manages to succeed in making this a memorable addition. Matsuev's playing is nothing short of Herculean; he plays with all the muscularity and bravura of Yefim Bronfman and then some. He is equally comfortable in delicate and nimble passagework, with the scherzo imbedded in the second movement even more dexterous and swift than Arcadi Volodos. The Shostakovich "First Concerto" is equally as enjoyable. Less a showpiece than its earlier cousin, Shostakovich affords Matsuev to show off his sensitive voicing, lush sound, and exceptional musicianship. Supporting Matsuev's authoritative playing is Yuri Temirkanov and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, which matches pacing, temperament, and color with aplomb. The string sections are especially aggressive and deft, and the trumpet solos in the Shostakovich are simply first-rate. This recording would make a wonderful introduction to these warhorses of the literature, but it is also worth a look for those who may already have their "favorite" recordings of these works.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2007
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 886970023320
  • Catalog Number: 700233
  • Sales rank: 85,911

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Dmitry Shostakovich (33:49)
  2. 4–6 Piano Concerto No. 1, for piano, trumpet & strings, in C minor, Op. 35 - Dmitry Shostakovich & Dmitry Shostakovich (21:17)
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Denis Matsuev Primary Artist
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