Beauty and skill
sal | Rockford, Illinois United States | 04/30/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My first purchase for Concertos 1-4 was Ashkenazy with Previn conducting. I found it to be very accurate, but more analytical and lifeless. The recording quality was very clear, but thin. The players seemed far away.
This recording is perhaps not as detailed as the Askenazy, but it is very present and full of energy. The playing is so beautiful and filled with life that it is a joy to listen--I become involved in the music. Very glad I purchased--I sold Ashkenazy and kept this."
Outstanding in Concertos 1 and 4, but a bit tepid after that
Santa Fe Listener | Santa Fe, NM USA | 07/05/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Most people will uby this bargain two-fer for the most popular works: Rachmaninov's Concertos #2 and #3, along with the Pagnini Rhapsody, far outstrip the other two concertos in public favor. But Anievas is too well-mannered in all three works, and his conductors, Alzman and Ceccato, are equally uninspired.
Where this set takes off is in the lesser known concertos, #1 and #4, where Anievas, an American who emerged in the pack of young pianists in the Sixties, becomes inspired by Fruhbeck de Burgos, who does wonders with the orchestral part. These are also the best-sounding recordings here. Between them, conductor and pianist find a gentler, more lyrical way to perform these hard-to-pull-off concertos, and they succeed by not trying to knock your socks off. Highly recommended, but you may want to skip the rest unless you like reticent Rachmaninov playing."