, 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