The pairing of Rachmaninov's 2nd and 3rd Piano concertos is quite excellent. Although, the 3rd is not quite as fiery as Argerich's performance, it is still done exceptionally well. Maazel leads the Pittsburgh Orchestra beautifully. They compliment the pianist in a lush and never overbearing way. Listening to the opening notes of the Second Piano Concerto, the listener hears the beautiful recording capturing the piano in its full glory but not miked to closely. As the orchestra comes in, you still hear fully what the piano is doing, something often covered up by the orchestra in many other recordings. Gutierrez is in full control of these pieces. He adds wonderful color, phrasing, and rubato that make both concertos stand apart from a throng of recordings. Although this CD is often overlooked in guides to classical music, such as Penguin, please know that this CD is one to own, especially if you're a fan of the 2nd and 3rd piano concertos. As with all Telarc recordings, something must be said of the actual sound. Spectacular! I am a firm fan of the Telarc sound. It captures the full orchestra and has a more true sound in my opinion than many of the other recording labels, and this recording is great evidence of what the Telarc engineers aim to achieve with their work.