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  • Performer: Andre Watts
  • Orchestra: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Yoel Levi
  • Composer: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky, Camllie Saint-Saens
  • Audio CD (April 9, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B000003D0P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,110 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I. Allegro Non Troppo E Molto Maestoso
2. II. Andantino Simplice
3. III. Allegro Con Fuoco
4. I. Andante Sostenuto
5. II. Allegro Scherzando
6. III. Presto

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Andre Watts is one of my favorite pianists.
philistine
I am an andre watts fan and this was the only concerto he has recorded that I didn`t have.
teetahdiva
It is a great combination of power and elegance, each employed appropriately.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 19, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I have not been a particular advocate of André Watts; I've heard him bang about in live concert too many times. And I've even heard him play the Tchaik 1 in concert and was not particularly impressed. But earlier today I heard this performance of the First Concerto on our local NPR station, having tuned in at literally bar 5 (perfect timing!) and, not knowing who it was, I listened. And listened. And listened. And kept thinking, who is this? This is good! And even more I was thinking that the aural stage was perfectly managed, with the piano sound seeming to come OUT of the orchestra rather than set way in front. Further, I could hear orchestral detail (e.g., like those two-flute arpeggios just before the final onrush of the first movement) that are almost never heard on recording. So, fool that I am, I sat in my car until the whole thing was over, really curious to find out who the performers were. I was shocked (and uneasy about my own bias) to learn that it was André Watts, with Yoel Levi conducting the Atlanta Symphony. A recording from ten years ago. I was even more dismayed to remember, once I got home, that I OWN this recording--but I couldn't ever remember listening to it, frankly--and I found it, removed the shrink-wrap (sure enough, I HAD never listened to it) and sat down for a complete run through.
My initial impression lasted. Yes, there were some smudges in the last movement (as Watts sometimes does, alas) and some brief odd blurring of the overall sound, also in the last movement, but myt general assessment from the radio lasted.
And then I listened to the Saint-Saëns Second Concerto and, again, I had a very positive impression.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Nichomachus on August 2, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I first heard this recording when public radio played Saint-Saens' 2nd. I ordered the album that day. Andre Watts is an absolutely fantastic pianist, channeling incredible energy through the music. Although I enjoy the Tchaikovsky, especially the final movement, his playing of the Saint-Saens is utterly incredible. From the first to the last notes, it is one of the most captivating recordings. Other recordings of the concerto just do not measure up to the tension and beauty he instills in it. A must have!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 13, 2000
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I just heard Andre Watts in concert last night with the Utah Symphony, performing Saint-Saens' Concerto No. 2, and I cannot describe the feelings that came over me during the performance. I rarely stand in ovation - I think that happens too frequently these days - but I was so overcome that I could not remain seated. This concerto has all the elements that make it thoroughly enjoyable: a delightful theme, marvelous spirit, graceful style, and a grand finale finish that takes your breath away. I highly recommend this piece of music so well performed - my only complaint is that CD's can never quite do justice to a performance, but this is a wonderful substitute that I can listen to again and again to relive the memories of a wonderful evening.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Bolival on March 28, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I've been looking for a clear-sounding recording of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 (I previously had the Rubinstein and Cherkassky versions --- they were played well but the recording wasn't that great) and this CD was the answer to my search. Not only is its sound clear, it is also played and interpreted by one of the greatest pianists to grace the 20th century, Andre Watts. And added to this wonderful steal is a beautiful rendition of Saints-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2. Bravo, Telarc!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "mythologue" on September 22, 2002
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The version of Tchaikovski's first piano concerto featured on this Telarc disc is good enough, but this recording's main attraction is undoubtedly André Watts' fantastic performance of the Saint-Saëns second piano concerto, which is at least as good as any version that I've heard, and probably better than most. The monumental, cosmic first movement comes through very strongly here; he's no less impressive with the offbeat rhythms of the second movement, and the spectacular presto is perfectly executed. One should not forget to give Yoel Levi and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra some well-derserved credit: in other recordings of this piece, the soloist and orchestra don't seem to be quite on the same page, but there's no such problem here. I'd be curious to hear Watts perform the four other Saint-Saëns piano concertos.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By philistine on January 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Andre Watts is one of my favorite pianists. I've heard him both live and on disc, and I must say he is truly a world class pianist. This is one of my favorites, especially for the intensely passionate and elegant interpretation of the Saint-Saens concerto of which there is none better out on market. Watts' has so much sensitivity toward the instrument and amazing versatility. He captures the energy of the Tchaikovsky and the grace of the Saint-Saens concertos perfectly. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 17, 2006
Format: Audio CD
André Watts remains one of the concert stage favorites since his auspicious debut at age 16, now some 40 odd years ago. He still commands the respect of the critics and the adoration of the audience, and most importantly he still continues to grow into the works he has elected to keep in his standard repertoire.

This recording made in 1995 with Yoel Levi and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra remains one of the most satisfying performances of the Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor Opus 22 on record. Yes, the performance of the more popular Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 receives a fine reading here, but it is the Saint-Saëns that makes the recording one that belongs in everyone's library. At a recent performance of this work with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under guest conductor Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos the venerable Watts proved that if anything he is more at home with this concerto than ever. His nimble fingers fly over the keyboard in the many rapid passages at speeds that would be daunting to other artists (his lip action also dazzles audiences with his trance-like state during live performance!). Yet he finds the haunting melodies and caresses them with more definition than is usually heard.

Watts continues to grow as a performer and an artist, seemingly more involved in the depth of the works as the years pass. And that is the sign of the great ones. This recording is a fine one and deserves attention. Grady Harp, November 06
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