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Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos / Alexis Weissenberg


Release Date: 05/04/2004 
Label:  Emi Classics Encore Catalog #: 85705   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich TchaikovskySergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de ParisBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"...While Karajan revels in Rachmaninov’s tonal opulence, he doesn’t get lost in it. Realizing that the orchestra largely carries the music’s thematic burden, he pursues a steady, symphonically oriented course of action that contrasts to Weissenberg’s saber-edged articulation in the outer movements. But, at its lumbering pace the central Adagio sostenuto nearly crumbles, notwithstanding elegant work from the orchestra’s first desk soloists and Weissenberg’s ability to sustain long lines despite his flinty sonority. In any event, Weissenberg was an outstanding and strikingly original Rachmaninov interpreter, and this fascinating recording is well worth hearing (perhaps someday EMI will bring out his 1979 Third Concerto with Leonard Read more Bernstein). Just skip the Tchaikovsky." - Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1874 - 1875). 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1900 - 1901). 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No. 1 Op. 23 (2004 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso
Piano Concerto No. 1 Op. 23 (2004 Digital Remaster): II. Andantino semplice - Prestissimo - Tempo primo
Piano Concerto No. 1 Op. 23 (2004 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro con fuoco
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor Op. 18 (2004 Digital Remaster): I. Moderato
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor Op. 18 (2004 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio sostenuto
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor Op. 18 (2004 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro scherzando

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 SUPERB!! BRILLIANT!! April 24, 2013 By GUILLERMO GONZALEZ (MIAMI, FL) See All My Reviews "THIS IS A EMI´S TREASURE, A MUST FOR ANY CLASSICAL MUSIC FUN. THE RECORDING QUALITY IS EXCELLENT, BUT THE VIRTUOSITY OF WEISSENBERG IS ASTONISHING, WE COULD SAY -A DEFINITIVE INTERPRETATION OF THE BELOVED RACHMANINOFF´S SECOND PIANO CONCERT!-" Report Abuse
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