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|Sergey Rachmaninov, Johannes Brahms, Kiril Kondrashin|
Van Cliburn in Moscow - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Rachmaninoff: Paganini Rhapsody
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Reviewed on 4/7/2013...
Upon Van Cliburn's recent death (2013)...and the stories about his colorful life...I wanted to listen to this. This particular recording is historic. An American wins a competition in Russia!!...the news around the World "A Russian was supposed to win!". The DVD lives up to the historic performance.
Most wonderful Rhapsody! - Below average Piano Concerto...
Raul Galarza | San Jose, San Jose Costa Rica | 01/03/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Van Cliburn performances are either unique or quasi intrascendental.
In the former group we have the well known Tchaikovsky's 1st Piano Concerto and Rachmaninov's Paganini Rhapsody. A 5 stars rating for these ones.
In this specific recording he, alongside with Kondrashin, achieve an aural matching, choosing a tempo that is not only right, but also let the listener flow within the music played and gives us the time to enjoy our voyage into magnificence.
Compared to other excellent interpretations of the same work as Rubinstein/Reiner (remastered for Rubinstein's edition), Rachmaninov/Stokowsky and Ashkenazy/Haitink, in that order, this one stands alone in the top. The balance between the piano and the orchestra is well and elegantly achieved while the others tends to eclipse one another in some passages and in different degree.
Van Cliburn's playing is commanding whenever it needs to but also letting the orchestra to sound its share and detail and in retribution giving back the grace when the piano playing demands softness, liquidity and delicacy and whoelse, besides Van Cliburn, achieve this... The nearest competitor is Rubinstein, but he often surrenders the soul to his virtuosistic character. Rachmaninov himself is a great virtuoso but put every gram of soul in the soft passages while Ashkenazy seems to be outperformed by the orchestra no matter how hard he strikes the keyboard, he is barerly audible when fully orchestrated fortissimos are present.
On the other hand, and after have listened to Richter, Gilels, Arrau, Zimmerman or Ashkenazy on Brahms' 2nd Piano Concerto, Van Cliburn could barerly be included in the list; nevertheless, the live performance of this work, again with Kondrashin at the podium, is a nice filling as it is celebrated in Moscow at the time of the cold war. A 3 stars rating for this one (average 4 stars)"