Bartok: Piano Concerto No. 1; Piano Concerto No. 2; Piano Concerto No. 3

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COMPOSERS: Bartok
LABELS: Decca
WORKS: Piano Concerto No. 1; Piano Concerto No. 2; Piano Concerto No. 3
PERFORMER: Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano) LPO/Georg Solti
CATALOGUE NO: 448 125-2 ADD/DDD (1980/84)
This disc gets off to a cracking start; those brass at the opening of the First Concerto really snarl and spit, and the piano seems to leap bodily at you. This marvellously vivid presence is exactly what two recent rival versions lack. Both Rattle and Donohoe on EMI, and Salonen and Bronfman on Sony, sound boxy and unengaging by comparison. The rest of the disc fully measures up to the promise of that arresting beginning. Altogether a thrilling recording. Ivan Hewett

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