Paley’s control of the intense lyricism and dramatic virtuosity embedded in the [Second] concerto’s romanticism is admirable. I certainly enjoyed Paley’s nonchalant virtuosity and the buoyant support of the State Symphony Orchestra of Russia.
Similar qualities can be found in the Fourth Concerto…There is certainly plenty of expressive and reflective playing from Paley… © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review
One of the most charming movements in these two concertos is No 4’s Barcarolle, an idea that always appealed to Rubinstein and which he handles pleasantly here with gently plashing oar sounds and a singing gondolier-style melody. Anyone with a liking for the music of the great age of pianism will enjoy these works, especially as Alexander Paley, in a good…recording, has the virtuosity and also the essential relish of them. © 2013 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone
If you want an introduction to Rubinstein, this is a good starting place.
…these two concertos, particularly No. 4, are fun and exciting to hear, and more than one time.
This recording has excellent sound. What struck me was the absolute true timbre of the piano.
Pianist Paley and conductor Golovchin with the State Symphony Orchestra of Russia have the measure of this music turning out bravura performances that must be second-to-none. © 2013 Audiophile Audition Read complete review