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Khachaturian * Tchaikovsky: Khachaturian Piano Concerto

Magazine article Gramophone

Khachaturian * Tchaikovsky: Khachaturian Piano Concerto

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Khachaturian * Tchaikovsky [G]

Khachaturian Piano Concerto

Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 2, Op 44

Xiayin Wang pf Royal Scottish

National Orchestra / Peter Oundjian

Chandos (F) [SACD] CHSA5167 (76' * DDD/DSD)

It's always a pleasure when, like Fry's Five Boys Chocolate (if you're old enough to remember), realisation exceeds anticipation. From the first bar (no chocolate pun intended), you know that this brilliant Chinese-American pianist is the business. As on her earlier concerto disc of Copland, Barber and Gershwin (12/13) with the same partners, she leads from the front throughout to exhilarating effect.

For those to whom such things are important (as I know they are from a review I penned last year of Denis Matsuev in the Tchaikovsky Second), the score is played complete in its original version--ie no cuts in the first movement and with the 16 bars included at the end of the second movement which Tchaikovsky removed in its revised form. To help us find our way during the lengthy first movement, Chandos has helpfully added three entry points. The two soloists in the second movement are credited, unlike those on Matsuev's recording, who, however, I marginally prefer for their more espressivo solos. …

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