Notes and Editorial Reviews
Szell proves a convivial, alert partner in the First Concerto, providing deft touches that lift this account above the ordinary. Listen, for instance, to the syncopated brass figure beneath the apotheosis of the last movement's second subject. If Graffman eschews the demonic brilliance of Horowitz, his reading is all about Tchaikovsky.
-- Gramophone [1/2006, reviewing
Graffman's clear and straightforward pianism stands out for its bigness, presence, and authority. I especially love his feathery scintillation in the slow movement's scampering central interlude, and the
lyrical reserve he brings to the opening movement's extensive unaccompanied solos.
-- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com [reviewing Sony 94737]
Works on This Recording
Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Gary Graffman (Piano)
Date of Recording: 1969
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1874 - 1875).
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