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5.0 out of 5 stars It grows on you
I was rather disappointed after listening to this CD for the first time. Evgeny Kissin is great as is the Berlin Philharmonic directed by Mr. Von Karaian, but the tempo is certainly much slower that usual. The first movement is over 23 minutes, about 2-3 minutes longer than usual. However, the more you listen to this CD the better it sounds. You become aware of nuances...
Published on April 14 2003 by M. Teplisky

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3.0 out of 5 stars This had sooo much potential!!
Kissin is an incredible pianist, but.....
I do not reccomend this recording except as a means to compare performances, but that is it.
Kissin gives a 5 star performance, but, Karajan kills the piece with his plodding tempos. The third movement in particular is a bust. This is the moment of the piece where sheer, mad joy should scream out. Instead in gets...
Published on Aug. 9 2000 by Michael W. Taylor


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5.0 out of 5 stars It grows on you, April 14 2003
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M. Teplisky (New York, NY) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Piano Concerto No. 1 (Audio CD)
I was rather disappointed after listening to this CD for the first time. Evgeny Kissin is great as is the Berlin Philharmonic directed by Mr. Von Karaian, but the tempo is certainly much slower that usual. The first movement is over 23 minutes, about 2-3 minutes longer than usual. However, the more you listen to this CD the better it sounds. You become aware of nuances and details that are not as apparent in other recordings. What's interesting is that the DVD of the same event, the 1988 New Year concert, looks and sound just fine. I strongly recommend getting it in addition to (or instead of) the audio CD because it greatly enhances your perception of the total experience. Of course, if you really love Tchaikovsky's work, you will listen to other recordings of his 1st piano concerto. I suggest Van Cliburn with Mr. Kondrashin, which is also available from Amazon. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Speed kills, Oct. 29 2001
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Hannes Vogel (Houston, TX USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Piano Concerto No. 1 (Audio CD)
Allegro non troppo -- that's how Tchaikovsky marks the first movement. Many reviewers are extolling the Argerich and Horowitz recordings of the Tchaikovsky 1st PC, and if those are their gold standards, it would be easy to see why they find the Karajan tempo too slow. For me, this magnificent work is made a travesty by the mind-boggling technique but rushed performances to the point I imagine someone holding a stopwatch over the piano, or Martha or Vladimir late for the bus (or limo). (For a real laugh, listen to Horowitz and Toscanini reduce the work to a blur by racing through it at blinding speed with no detectable musical quality.) The piece looses all nuance and grandeur at these ridiculous tempos that impress many but don't fool us all. The Kissin version, in which the 17 year old was purposely held back by Karajan from his own technical display, carries a warmth and depth that most other performances lack. If you find it too slow however, try the REAL gold standard, Richter and Karajan and the Vienna Symphony in the early 60's.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This had sooo much potential!!, Aug. 9 2000
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Michael W. Taylor (Roswell, Georgia, United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Piano Concerto No. 1 (Audio CD)
Kissin is an incredible pianist, but.....
I do not reccomend this recording except as a means to compare performances, but that is it.
Kissin gives a 5 star performance, but, Karajan kills the piece with his plodding tempos. The third movement in particular is a bust. This is the moment of the piece where sheer, mad joy should scream out. Instead in gets snuffed out with a slow, heavy-handed treatment.
Kissin should really consider recording this work again, because he has the potential to give this work a stamp that only the elite few can do (Agerich, Horowitz.) Until that day comes steer clear of this recording.
For now stick to Agerich and Horowitz. Many people mention the Horowitz/Reiner performance, but look for the Horowitz/Barbirolli Carnegie Hall live recording (if you can find it.) It seems that Horowitz and Barbirolli really understood each other and this is evidenced in the Tchaikovsky and a performace of Rach 3, which is on the same disc.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Un Tchaikovsky con mucho sentimiento., June 19 2000
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Francisco J. Muñoz (Santa Cruz, Bolivia) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Piano Concerto No. 1 (Audio CD)
Esta interpretación del famoso Concierto de Tchaikovsky debe ser una da las más románticas y sentidas versiones disponibles, si usted gusta de este tipo de concepción este es su disco. Personalmente para mis oídos yo prefiero una concepción más brillante y apasionada (Argerich/Abbado) ó (Gilels/Reiner).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kissin great, Karajan on sedatives, Dec 17 1999
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J. Buxton "cantabile" (Boston, MA United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Piano Concerto No. 1 (Audio CD)
Although this recording shows the awesome ability of Kissin, Karajan's tempos keep this from being at the top of the heap in my opinion. The whole work is taken too slow for my taste and the sheer drama of the piece is not allowed to emerge. I much prefer Horowitz with Reiner of the historical recordings, and Martha Argerich with Claudio Abbado of the modern recordings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The solemn Tschaikowsky, Nov. 20 1999
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This review is from: Piano Concerto No. 1 (Audio CD)
A great live recording from Berlin featuring a teenager and an old maestro. There's no hurry in the readings, often very slow but always convincing. The feeling af the live athmosphere gets through perfectly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As pure as driven snow.......I long for...., Feb. 10 1998
This review is from: Piano Concerto No. 1 (Audio CD)
When I listen to this concert, I see.. snow is falling thick and fast. Orchestra is, as it were, spring sunlight.... White snow melting into a sunlit garden gleaming with snow..... END
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