"Piano concertos recorded by Rudolf Serkin in his twilight years have been somewhat sniffily received by many critics. In this case I am happy to relate that the only problem is the extensive competition in the current catalogue. Pianists of every age worth their salt have set down their own versions. There are so many that any newcomer is bound to find it difficult in todayís crowded scene. The present issue has Seiji Ozawa as conductor and he is often received in much the same way as the soloist.
Prejudices aside I found these recordings to be performances of great integrity, showing both strength and clarity. Serkin is superbly accompanied by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in their home hall. Symphony Hall is well known for its illustrious acoustic properties, not always ideally captured. Here however it communicates as a superb example of acoustic excellence captured to perfection by the Telarc engineers.
Serkinís technique throughout is a model of excellence. I enjoyed these traditional performances as much as any I have ever heard on disc. Tempi are ëmiddle of the roadí (i.e. no rushed speeds, nor over slow) with an accuracy astonishing for a pianist in his eighties." - John Phillipps.
This is a Telarc Digital recording from 1982 pressed in, and imported from, Germany.
The record is Mint.
The jacket is NM-.
This LP was purchased new and played once and then cleaned on a VPI machine. It was played a second time while recording to tape and then stored.
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