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Tchaikovsky: Piano Concertos Nos. 1, 2 & 3 / Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 5 / Bartok: Piano Concerto No. 2 Original recording remastered


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listen  1. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 Op. 23: Allegro non troppo e molto maestosoEmil Gilels/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Lorin Maazel20:06Album Only
listen  2. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 Op. 23: Andantino sempliceEmil Gilels/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Lorin Maazel 7:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 Op. 23: Allegro con fuocoEmil Gilels/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Lorin Maazel 6:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 Op. 44 (edited Siloti) (1995 Digital Remaster): Allegro brillanteEmil Gilels/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Lorin Maazel20:18Album Only
listen  5. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 Op. 44 (edited Siloti) (1995 Digital Remaster): Andante non troppoEmil Gilels/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Lorin Maazel 7:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 Op. 44 (edited Siloti) (1995 Digital Remaster): Allegro con fuocoEmil Gilels/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Lorin Maazel 8:01$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Piano Concerto No. 3 in E flat, Op. 75 (1995 Digital Remaster): Allegro brillante - Cadenza - Tempo I - VivacissimoEmil Gilels/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Lorin Maazel17:50Album Only
listen  2. Piano Concerto No. 5 in G Op. 55 (1995 Digital Remaster): Allegro con brioSviatoslav Richter/London Symphony Orchestra/Lorin Maazel 5:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Piano Concerto No. 5 in G Op. 55 (1995 Digital Remaster): Moderato ben accentuatoSviatoslav Richter/London Symphony Orchestra/Lorin Maazel 4:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Piano Concerto No. 5 in G Op. 55 (1995 Digital Remaster): Toccata (Allegro con fuoco)Sviatoslav Richter/London Symphony Orchestra/Lorin Maazel 1:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Piano Concerto No. 5 in G Op. 55 (1995 Digital Remaster): LarghettoSviatoslav Richter/London Symphony Orchestra/Lorin Maazel 7:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Piano Concerto No. 5 in G Op. 55 (1995 Digital Remaster): VivoSviatoslav Richter/London Symphony Orchestra/Lorin Maazel 5:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Piano Concerto No. 2, Sz.95 (1995 Digital Remaster): AllegroSviatoslav Richter/Orchestre De Paris/Lorin Maazel10:04Album Only
listen  8. Piano Concerto No. 2, Sz.95 (1995 Digital Remaster): Adagio - Presto - AdagioSviatoslav Richter/Orchestre De Paris/Lorin Maazel14:08Album Only
listen  9. Piano Concerto No. 2, Sz.95 (1995 Digital Remaster): Allegro moltoSviatoslav Richter/Orchestre De Paris/Lorin Maazel 6:30$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter, Emil Gilels
  • Orchestra: Paris Orchestra, New Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Lorin Maazel
  • Composer: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky, Sergei Prokofiev, Bela Bartok
  • Audio CD (May 2, 2006)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B000EMSIBM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,528 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The reissue gods are smiling. This bargain Gemini two-fer contains four superlative concerto recordings--the Tchaikovsky Second and Third with Gilels, the Prokofiev Fifth and Bartok Second with Richter. The conductor throughout is Lorin Maazel, definitely on best behavior, and the orchestras vary between the LSO (Prokofiev), New Philharmonia (Tchaikovsky), and the Orchestre de Paris (Bartok). EMI's early Seventies analog sound is bright and forward. The perspective on the piano is natural with Gilels, but as usual, Richter asked to be miked more up close.

Gilels had already made a magisterial Tchaikovsky First with Reiner in 1955 (RCA) when he first stormed West out of Russia, and he would go on to make one just as great in 1980 with Mehta (Sony). This version from 1973 is let down by Maazel's less-than-committed acompaniment, which moves too glibly and quick in the first movement especially. But the Second and Third Concertos are another story. Gilels makes the best case ever for the former work, despite the usual cuts. Maazel livens up, giving us springy rhythms and elegance, while Gilels is polished marble and power. I will be satisfied to own this one version for life, I'm sure.

On CD 2, Richter returns to one of his favorites, the Prokofiev Fifth concdrto, which he had already recorded in 1959 to universal acclaim--this was his time to roar out of Russia and astonish the West. This remake offers somewhat different tempos but the same astonishing solo work. For me, the main distinction is Maazel's razor-sharp, brilliant conducting and the virtuoso playing of the London Sym., wwhich far surpasses the earlier reading on DG. The same holds true for the Bartok Second, where Richter takes a fiendishly difficult, percussive piano part and makes it speak and sing as never before.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Anton Zimmerling VINE VOICE on January 24, 2009
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This Gemini EMI set (actually, a reissue of a former Double Forte item) offers a bizarre collection of Gilels's and Richter's recordings, which would certainly annoy them both. A posthumous pairing of Richter and Gilels in an almost all-Russian set reflects a British taste and a Western marketing perspective: in Russia, it is different categories of people, who buy Richter and Gilels. These two great pianists not only hated each other, but also disapproved a great deal in their rival's repertory. I doubt that Gilels would record Bartók's 2nd concerto in studio, and I am sure that Richter would not even touch Tchaikovsky's 2nd and 3rd concertos. It is Lorin Maazel and his EMI contract, that unite Richter and Gilels on this 2CD-set. I take the point made by the fellow reviewer that Maazel's conducting of the LSO and Orchestre de Paris (in Richter's recordings)is a greater success than his cooperation with the New Philharmonia (in Gilels's recordings).
Actually, each part of the collection has its merits: the recordings of Tchaikovsky's 2nd and 3rd concertos are rather rare, and both Richter's recordings included in this set rate among the best versions in the discography of Bartók's 2nd concerto (Sz. 95, and not Sz. 83, as mistakenly identified on the CD) and Prokofiev's 5th. It is perhaps not a bad idea to grab both for a cheap price. I wonder, however, how many people, except for professional music critics, would listen to all this with an equal interest.
My own taste is on Richter's side. I am not enthusiastic about Tchaikovsky's 2nd and 3rd concertos and will keep silent about the performance. As far as I know, there is a Pletnev/Fedoseev version of all three concertos plus Concert Phantasy in G, Op. 56: it is available on Virgin Veritas for an even cheaper price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Dykstra on December 11, 2009
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This disc features the Tchaikovsky G Major Piano Concerto, with Lorin Maazel as conductor, and the fabulous Gilels as pianist- the last time he recorded this piece, I believe. Here he plays with the usual unremitting volcanic intensity- he's a pianist of power, glory, and an unmistakable sound. The way the piece is recorded, you can actually experience the straining of the instrument as it keeps up with Gilels' demands. I mean this in a positive sense, the same way that a great racing car might be taxed to its fullest potential given the best driver and most demanding courses...... Musically, it's the Russians you want playing Russian music! The only other offering I've seen to compare is Pletnev on YouTube- his elegant, aristocratic rendering is like a polar opposite to Gilels' "take no prisoners" approach. One might, perhaps, want a more pliant piano or pianissimo sound in the case of the offering in question, but this little quibble takes nothing away from the majesty and sheer willpower in every note he plays! Recommended for lovers of Tchaikovsky and Gilels. The Tchaikovsky G Major Concerto deserves to be every bit as well known and popular as the Bb minor concerto.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 26, 2011
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For lovers of fine performances by varying pianists and orchestras but with one conductor this very affordable 2 CD album is a must. Loren Maazel is a fine form in each of these performances and the pianists seem hand picked by whoever packaged this excellent collection. Emil Gilels lends his virtuosity and poetry to the Tchaikovsky concertos Nos. 1, 2, and 3 - a bonus for any lover of the well-known works and a terrific introduction to the 3rd. There are preferable performances of the 1st, but as a set, especially in the presence of the brilliance of his performances of the 2nd and 3rd, this is Tchaikovsky at a new level of excellence. Maazel conducts the New Philharmonia with great sensitivity and passion.

Sviatoslav Richter plays Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 5 with Maazel at the podium with the London Symphony Orchestra and this recording raises the question as to why this concerto is not regularly played. In Richter's hands it is astonishingly virtuosic and Maazel matches his high level at every point - adding a sheen of color and richness of sound form the LSO rarely heard. The Bartók Piano Concerto No. 2 allows us to hear even more skilled proficiency from Richter - this is a breathtaking performance with Maazel again rising to the same level of distinction conducting the Orchestre de Paris. Hearing these seasoned performances by seasoned artists makes us pause a moment when hearing the new young generation of pianists. Great as they are there is a mastery of technique in both Gilels and Richter that will always remain a reference point. This is an excellent group of five concerti that stands well even by today's recording standards. Grady Harp, July 11
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