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Dave Saemann
Fanfare, March 2013

Rachlin plays [Saint-Saëns’s Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso] with a light tone and plenty of vibrato. It’s very expressive playing with lots of personality, but also with fine clarity of execution.

For many listeners, the chief attraction of this DVD will be Evgeny Kissin in Chopin’s First Piano Concerto. Kissin’s passagework is authoritatively clear and noble. Kissin’s…clarity of execution is quite breathtaking, with special character in the mazurka-like episode. Overall, the concerto receives a highly satisfying interpretation, if not an especially deep one.

Vadim Repin proves to be the most enriching of the soloists in Ernest Chausson’s Poème. He makes a silky sound…Repin possesses a complete command of the rhapsodic idiom, receiving wonderful support from the orchestra. The concert ends with an excellent and distinctive performance of Beethoven’s Eighth.

The documentary accompanying the concert, Coming Home, is highly worthwhile. The sound engineering in the concert is clear and well balanced…I would recommend the concert DVD to fans of this orchestra and the artists in question. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review

Dominy Clements
MusicWeb International, February 2013

This was one of a series of concerts in December 2011, which included soloists such as Gil Shaham, Murray Perahia and Pinchas Zukerman, and by all accounts was something of a showcase for this very fine orchestra.

Conducted in stylish form by…Zubin Mehta, the concert is superbly recorded…

Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 is full of beautiful moments in this performance, the Israel Philharmonic’s marvellous string sound a clothesline from which the soloists dramas and subtleties can move with elegance and a sense of nostalgic reflectiveness. Kissin’s solo, the Scherzo No. 2 is perhaps the most exciting musical event on stage in this programme, a typically unrestrained pianistic display of fireworks and excellent musicianship.

If you want to find out about one of the finest bunch of musicians on the planet this is as good a place as any to make their acquaintance. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review

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