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Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No 1

Magazine article Gramophone

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No 1

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Tchaikovsky

Piano Concerto No 1, Op 23 (a).

The Tempest, Op 18b

(a) Joyce Yang pf

Odense Symphony Orchestra / Alexander Lazarev

Bridge [F] BRIDGE9410 (58' * DDD)

Recorded live, December 2011; b November 2013

The Tempest and Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto: an odd coupling but, hey, why not? Tchaikovsky's emotionally charged symphonic fantasy comes first. While admitting that the Odense Symphony is not the Berlin Phil (especially the string department), this is an accomplished and exciting performance. One might quibble about the prominence given to the repeated horn figure from 3'29" but not that accorded to the timps and bass drum while 'Prospero raises a great storm'. On the other hand, Neeme Jarvi with the Detroit Symphony are better engineered in a more spacious acoustic, and Mikhail Pletnev with the Russian National Orchestra offer more vivid characterisation in 'Ariel' and the beguiling 'Ferdinand and Miranda' love music.

The Concerto, recorded at a concert nearly two years earlier (December 2011), is fine--the kind of live performance that one might listen to with pleasure on the radio while preparing a meal and not give a second thought to afterwards. …

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