Tchaikovsky: Piano Concertos Nos 1 - 3 / Concert Fantasia in G major, Op 56 / etc

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Tchaikovsky: Piano Concertos Nos 1 - 3 / Concert Fantasia in G major, Op 56 / etc
Stephen Hough (piano) Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vanska (conductor)

[ Hyperion Romantic Piano Concerto Vol 50 / 2 CD ]

Release Date: Tuesday 20 April 2010

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"Hough typically refuses to treat it as an overworked warhorse: here it is injected with exhilaration, the bravura tempered with limpid lyricism." The Telegraph, 7th April 2010 ****

'Brilliantly played but thoughtfully reconsidered interpretations … he achieves the remarkable feat of not making the B flat major concerto sound remotely hackneyed. Sparks fly thanks to his outstanding conductor … he makes the strongest possible case for the restoration of the neglected and often reviled G major concerto (No 2)' (The Sunday Times)

'No mere warhorse anymore, the concerto here rises in integrity while Hough time and time again reminds us that this is his carefully considered take on the score… Vänskä is a fine accompanist. A musician who himself revels in rethinking scores, it is as if Hough has met his dream soul mate… the fire comes from Hough's determination; his conductor sticks with him all the way… the audience's enthusiastic reaction says it all… a fitting 50th volume celebration to a series of major importance' (Fanfare, USA)

'The electrifying pace Hough injects into the codas of No 1 and the Concert Fantasia are suitably exciting, though these are nothing compared to the tumultuous final pages of No 2 (a tremendous performance). The audience whoops in amazement … this is a great recording-no doubt about that-and one which, if there is any justice, will garner any number of awards' (Gramophone)

Tracks:

Piano Concertos Nos. 1-3
Concert Fantasy, Op. 56
Solitude ('Again, as before, alone'), Op. 73 No. 6 (arr. Stephen Hough)
None but the lonely heart, Op. 6 No. 6 (arr. Stephen Hough)
Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major, Op. 44 (Andante) (arr. Alexander Siloti)
Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major, Op. 44 (Andante) (arr. Stephen Hough)