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Pno Ctos/Concert Fantasy [Import]

Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso
2. II. Andantino semplice - Prestissimo - Tempo primo
3. III. Allegro con fuoco
4. I. Quasi rondo
5. II. Contrastes
Disc: 2
1. I. Allegro brillante
2. II. Andante non troppo
3. III. Allegro con fuoco
4. Allegro brillante - Cadenza - Tempo I - Vivacissimo

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5.0 out of 5 stars CONCERTO NO.2 NOT THE SILOTI EDITION Aug. 5 2003
Format:Audio CD
The Concerto No.2 is NOT the bowdlerized Siloti edition--not only does the label clearly state that the original edition is played, but the violin and cello solos removed from the Siloti edition are clearly audible to anyone who has really listened to this recording. I don't even LIKE Concerto No.1, and this performance bowled me over--highly recommeded--and, at this price, an absolute STEAL!
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5.0 out of 5 stars PERKINS IS WRONG! Aug. 5 2003
Format:Audio CD
Mr. Perkins is absolutely wrong about this set! In the first place, Concerto No.2 is NOT the hatcheted Siloti edition--did Mr. Perkins listen to this recording at all? Not only does the label clearly state that Concerto No.2 IS the original version, but the violin and cello solos missing from the Siloti edition are clearly present in Pletnev's recording! I highly recommend this set to anyone--I don't even LIKE Concerto No.1, but I found myself bowled over by this performance!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry to be negative, but... Jan. 31 2003
Format:Audio CD
Pletnev hits all the notes, but misses the Russian soul and the Romantic fire. The performance of the Second Piano Concerto in particular is, at best, a train running willy-nilly downhill (seemingly without a conductor--not to mention that it's the hatcheted Siloti edition). I suppose I have been spoiled for any other versions of the concerti by listening to the absolutely miraculous interpretations by Igor Zhukov and the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra (now sadly out of print). It's a good thing this set is relatively inexpensive, because then I felt no qualms about simply throwing it away.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! April 21 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is absolutely one of the best purchases I've ever made. Not only do you get Tchaikovsky's works with piano and orchestra--including of course the much neglected second concerto and the mysterious third--digitally recorded, but you get it at an amazing price; if this were under the DG label it would probably cost three times as much!
The interpretations of this piece are played just as a normal person would like them--straightforward and musically, with none of the odd tempo changes and such that the non-English speaker below so vehemently states. The music gives you all you could ask for--an addictive performance that's never stale. Pletnev plays in all the appropriate ways; dazzlingly on the sparking runs, majestic on the rich two-hand chords, expressively during lyrical moments--he plays in such a manner that it's impossible to question both Pletnev and Fedoseyev's interpretation of these masterpieces.
The sound on this CD is simply amazing--I was slightly nervous when opening the case for the first time; two DDD CDs from a less popular label proudly displaying a pianist and conductor I'd never heard of, all for an amazing price--but I wasn't disappointed at all. The sound is crystal clear and every note can be heard without straining, with enough echo to sound full but enough ambience to prevent blurring of the orchestra.
The only complaint I have is that the CD isn't recorded as loudly as I would've liked--I prefer the opening four notes of the first concerto to blow me out of my seat, but this CD is just below that point. Of course the music is still wonderful and audible; those of us who've gone deaf from sitting near trumpets in an ensemble will just have to turn up the volume a tad :)
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