- Composer: PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY, CHARLES DUTOIT, ROYAL PHIL ORCH
- Audio CD (December 20, 1984)
- SPARS Code: AAD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Dg Imports
- ASIN: B000001G5P
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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This performance is overall more relaxed, minus the almost palpable emotional tension and excitement of the live concert. It is however no less intense, engaging and `electrifying'. Without a live audience, the background silence is total, thus allowing the music to comes through clearly and vividly. The recording is highly dynamic, transparent, detailed and smooth. All this allowed me to sit back and savour the music. The orchestration was particularly full, lush and detailed such that I find myself hearing so much more, particularly in the lower registers. As regards to the sound of the piano, I still prefer that in the live performance which seems tonally closer to those heard in older recordings by Van Cliburn and Byron Janis (not of the Tchaikovsky). The sound here seems louder, heavier, more `modern' I believe, and less rich and full in comparison. I think this has to do with the age or brand of the piano rather than the playing.
In the end, I find it is like comparing white and red wine. Both are derived from the same fruit but have a vastly different character.Read more ›
There are others which are marvels of technicality, or performances of ideal examples of living poetry.
Argerich`s is incredibly both. I have not yet found any other recording of Tchaikovsky`s piano concerto which rivals this one.
A cornerstone of the very best of classical music.
There are now other options of experiencing Argerich in both of these two works. The closest match is a very well restored visual presentation available from Euroarts on DVD. This contains the same two concertos recorded 'live' in 1977 featuring the Tchaikovsky with Groves and the RLPO coupled with the Prokofiev with Previn and the LSO. These are exciting performances from the same vintage and have the undeniable additional benefit of seeing Argerich playing as well as hearing her.
She also made a well-respected later recording of the Tchaikovsky on CD with Chailly which was notable for its fast speeds. Although obviously very exciting there is also a sense of being too fast for the comfort of the music and the same feeling persists as regards the Rachmaninov 3 coupling. The earlier 1971 performance of the Tchaikovsky on this disc has more room to breathe and is arguably preferable for that reason. There is also a respected, even later version with Abbado and that is coupled with the two piano version of the Nutcracker music.
This earlier disc still holds its place therefore as containing two of the best versions available of the two concertos and it therefore makes a particularly strong coupling. For this reason it has now achieved something of an historic reference status for many collectors.Read more ›
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Argerich is probably one of best pianists that I have ever heard on a recording. The way she plays makes the music come alive and it shows the true brilliance behind such composers... Read morePublished on March 17, 2005 by Bjorn Viberg
When I heard Argerich's Tchaikovsky's piano concerto, I stopped looking for the one that I could call "mine. Read morePublished on October 14, 2004 by Robert E. Robey