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Denis Kozhukhin, Berlin RSO, Vassily Sinaisky - P.I. Tchaikovsky & Edvard Grieg: Piano Concertos (2016)

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Denis Kozhukhin, Berlin RSO, Vassily Sinaisky - P.I. Tchaikovsky & Edvard Grieg: Piano Concertos (2016)

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1; Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor (2016)
Denis Kozhukhin, piano; Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin; Vassily Sinaisky, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 245 Mb | Artwork included | Time: 01:04:36
Genre: Classical | Label: Pentatone | # PTC 5186 566

After rubbing your eyes and maybe even hitting your forehead with the palm of your hand a few times to convince yourself that, yes indeed, in fact a young pianist has chosen to make his concerto recording debut with the Tchaikovsky and Grieg concertos, go ahead and have a listen. Denis Kozhukhin, who took first prize at the 2010 Queen Elisabeth, here partners with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra under Vassily Sinaisky. Out of repertory that has been celebrated, picked over and just about played to death over the course of almost a century and a half, they create magic.

Denis Kozhukhin, Berlin RSO, Vassily Sinaisky - P.I. Tchaikovsky & Edvard Grieg: Piano Concertos (2016)

To call Kozhukhin a fastidious pianist is perhaps misleading – immaculate may be the better word. He never overplays and he’s no speed freak. He’s never tempted to distort a phrase in order to make a rhetorical point. Above all, he is natural, and this naturalness allows him to create an impression of unaffected simplicity and directness. Of course, this could only be achieved by deeply cultivated musical instincts and a technique as developed and varied as it is unobtrusive. His inerrant rhythmic sense is pliant yet taut; his sound unalloyed silver. Listening to Kozhukhin, you’re left with one thing: the music – incontestable, complete. Sinaisky and the Berliners are fully complicit in this endeavour, providing accompaniments of extraordinary sensitivity. Savour, for instance, the rich sound of the woodwinds throughout the Tchaikovsky or the warmth of the cellos in the slow movement of the Grieg.

But why continue grasping for superlatives? Everyone has personal favourites for each of these concertos – Grainger/Stokowski, Novaes/Swarowsky, Rubinstein/Wallenstein for Grieg; Cliburn/Kondrashin, Argerich/Kondrashin, Gilels/Reiner for Tchaikovsky, to name but a few – and I don’t suggest this new CD will necessarily supersede any of them. But if a finale to the Tchaikovsky concerto that is more a colourful folk dance than a bombastic speed race, or a slow movement of the Grieg Concerto that sings of young love in a better climate seem appealing, I urge you to skip the mildly apologetic booklet-notes and sample this disc. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Review by Patrick Rucker, Gramophone

The pianist may be Russian, the orchestra German, and the label Dutch, but this audiophile recording of two of the most-played piano concertos of the 19th century tends rather to incline toward England, the place that bestowed honors on the young Denis Kozhukhin and launched his flourishing career. One hesitates to apply national stereotypes, yet a stiff upper lip is characteristic of Kozhukhin's approach here. Technically, the playing is unimpeachable all around, both from Kozhukhin and from the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra under Vassily Sinaisky, who attain a lush string sound usually associated with the Berlin Philharmonic in its classic days. The technical accomplishments, in fact, tend to crowd out the drama and tumult that have traditionally been part of playing the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23, and the poetic spirit of the Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16. Sample perhaps the last movement of the Grieg (track 6) to find out whether you'll be dazzled or somewhat bored. Whatever the case, audiophiles will find this a worthwhile acquisition. The detail of Kozhukhin's playing is captured with almost uncanny crispness in Pentatone's studio sound, which even on ordinary reproduction equipment creates an almost physical sense of space that is filled up by degrees. It's a wonderful use of the medium, but it's one that diverges from the Romantic expressive tradition. Whether that's good or bad will depend on individual listeners.

Review by James Manheim, Allmusic.com

Denis Kozhukhin, Berlin RSO, Vassily Sinaisky - P.I. Tchaikovsky & Edvard Grieg: Piano Concertos (2016)




Denis Kozhukhin, piano
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Vassily Sinaisky, conductor

Tracklist:

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893)
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 23 (1874/75) [35.08]
01. I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito (20:54)
02. II. Andantino semplice - Prestissimo - Tempo I (7:05)
03. III. Allegro con fuoco (7:25)

Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907)
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 (1868) [29.12]
04. I. Allegro molto moderato (12:46)
05. II. Adagio (6:14)
06. III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato (10:12)


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Denis Kozhukhin, Berlin RSO, Vassily Sinaisky - P.I. Tchaikovsky & Edvard Grieg: Piano Concertos (2016)

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