Magazine article Gramophone

Berezovsky Plays the Original Version of the Second Concerto

Magazine article Gramophone

Berezovsky Plays the Original Version of the Second Concerto

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Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 2, Op 44 (a). Theme and Variations, Op 19 No 6. Douze Morceaux, Op 40-No 2, Chanson triste; No 5, Mazurka; No 6, Chant sans paroles; No 7, Au village; No 8, Valse. Valse sentimentale, Op 51 No 6 (trans Kubatsky) (b). Andante cantabile, Op 11 (arr Geringas) (b) Boris Berezovsky pf (b) Henri Demarquette vc (a) Sinfonia Varsovia / Alexander Vedernikov Mirare [F] MIR200 (7V * DDD) (a) Recorded live

Boris Berezovsky's espousal of the Second Concerto is interesting in that he goes for the original version rather than the usually performed, much truncated one by Alexander Ziloti. Thus the first movement here is significantly longer, as is the Andante, with its broad, piano-less introduction featuring solos for cello and violin. For benchmark stature, style and spirit in the Second Concerto I still turn to my old 1973 vinyl discs of Emil Gilels with the New Philharmonia under Maazel, currently available on Olympia, though the comparison is slightly skewed here because Gilels went for the Ziloti version.

The question is, does this new disc make a strong enough case for hearing the concerto complete? …

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