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Reviews: Liszt: Piano Concertos - Kantorow, Kantorow

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Review by Luukas October 20, 2015 (2 of 6 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:  
Jean-Jacques Kantorow has done many excellent recordings for BIS. His team - Tapiola Sinfonietta - is light-sounding chamber orchestra - there are only nearly 50 players.
Now the conductor turns his view to Liszt's Piano Concertos. The soloist is here his son, the 17-years old Alexandre Kantorow. He has an excellent technique, but sometimes there are some missing notes (he doesn't play every notes). It might be that he [Alexandre Kantorow] hasn't enough experience.
The First Concerto is mostly very good. The opening short phrase is impressively performed. The soloist's first entry is heavy and strong here - the clear surround sound gives its own unique "drop" to the performance. Recorded at the Tapiola Hall in November 2014 with 24/96 resolution, the sound captures the acoustics of the concert hall perfectly. The rears creates an impression that the listener has been distributed for the balcony, opposite the orchestra and soloist. The beautiful second movement (track 2) is very touching.
BIS offers an interesting work between the concertos: Liszt's rarely heard concerto for piano and strings, Malédiction (Curse).
Recommended, but there are many better readings available. (Purchased.)

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Review by bissie November 3, 2015 (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
I don't usually get involved in reviewing Reviews, but Luukas's contention that not all the notes are played by the soloist is, with all possible due respect, poppycocks.

Robert von Bahr

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