One of the most grown-up review sites around
One of the most grown-up review sites around

Search MusicWeb Here
 

 

International mailing

Up to 40% off

  Founder: Len Mullenger

CD REVIEW



Some items
to consider


Yes we are selling
Acte Prealable again!


we also sell Skarbo

and Oboe Classics


TROUBADISC

with Eggebrecht we get all the excitement we can handle

Book 1 Book 2 Book3
Mota The Triptych: -Website

Asmik Grigorian

Breathtaking Performance
controversial staging
Review Westbrook
Review Hedley
Every lover of Salome should see this recording
Mullenger interpretation

Vraiment magnifique!


Quite splendid


Winning performances


Mahler Symphony 8
a magnificent disc


a huge talent


A wonderful disc


Weinberg Symphonies 2 & 21
A handsome tribute!


Roth’s finest Mahler yet


Mahler 9 Blomstedt
Distinguished performance

 

alternatively Crotchet

 

 

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791)
Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491 (1786) [30:09]
Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856)
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 (1841) [32:08]
Yevgeny Kissin (piano)
London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Colin Davis
rec. Barbican Hall, London, September 2006
EMI CLASSICS 3828792 [62:19]

 


Estimable artists both, a great orchestra - but this is a superfluous release, save perhaps as a memento of the two concerts from which the performances come. 

The Mozart performance is surprisingly weak. We might have expected Kissin to play the solo part with a "Russian" sound - not coarse, but pumping up the themes a dynamic or so above the score indications, setting them in sharp relief against the accompaniments. And in the louder passages - for example, the variation at 2:32 of the finale - he doesn't disappoint, with scales and turns that ripple fluently and a ringing left hand in forte. But Kissin's pallid tone at piano sounds dull and lacking in impulse - in such passages, he simply doesn't give us a reason to listen to him. Davis's characteristic synthesis of ruggedness and sensitivity is always welcome in this repertoire, but he seems to have caught his soloist's disease: shiny flutes and oboes add needed variety to the texture, but clarinets and bassoons are oddly subdued. And the first movement's hearty afterbeats have, by 6:03, become merely stolid. You'd never know, from the pale patches here, how dramatic a score this is. 

One might be tempted to blame the dullness on the dry, supposedly unfavorable acoustic of the Barbican - though I've never found it objectionable when attending concerts there - were it not that the Schumann, recorded a few days later, finds everyone concerned in better form. Kissin puts some weight and thrust back into his tone without sacrificing finesse, injecting imaginative bits of rubato - which may take some getting used to - as in the ruminative inflection at 9:51 of the first movement, layering sequences of arpeggios so that the underlying chord progressions are comprehensible. In the central Intermezzo, unfortunately, the playing again turns bloodless. Sir Colin offers forthright, strongly profiled support - the strings are defined with a nice edge, though the important principal clarinet remains unduly reticent. 

For what it's worth, the sound isn't bad, though a bit boomy and congested.

Stephen Francis Vasta

 

 

We are currently offering in excess of 51,000 reviews


Advertising on
Musicweb


Donate and keep us afloat

 

New Releases

Naxos Classical


Nimbus Podcast


Obtain 10% discount



Special offer 50% off
15CDs £83 incl. postage

Musicweb sells the following labels

Altus 10% off
Atoll 10% off
CRD 10% off
Hallé 10% off
Lyrita 10% off
Nimbus 10% off
Nimbus Alliance
Prima voce 10% off
Red Priest 10% off
Retrospective 10% off
Saydisc 10% off
Sterling 10% off


Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing
sample

Sample: See what you will get

Editorial Board
MusicWeb International
Founding Editor
   
Rob Barnett
Editor in Chief
John Quinn
Seen & Heard
Editor Emeritus
   Bill Kenny
MusicWeb Webmaster
   David Barker
Postmaster
Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger

 

Return to Review Index

Untitled Document


Reviews from previous months
Join the mailing list and receive a hyperlinked weekly update on the discs reviewed. details
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer.