"Benno Moiseiwitsch's recordings confirm his reputation as one of the (many) brilliant Russian pianists of the first half of the 20th century. His playing is characterized by rhythmic acuity and commanding presence. Tchaikovsky's First and Second concertos are distinctively performed but it is in the less-recorded Second that his superiority to most of the others who play it can easily be discerned."
"Naxos' third Benno Moiseiwitsch release features the great pianist's mid-1940s recordings of Tchaikovsky's first and second piano concertos, with the reliable George Weldon conducting. Moiseiwitsch fares best in the G major work, tossing off the finale's grandiose patterns with aristocratic poise and relaxed authority. He also proves willing to accompany when either the orchestra or members of the slow movement's piano trio have the important tunes. ...the solo filler, Chanson Triste, shows Moiseiwitsch at his melting, magical best. For collectors torn between APR's pricier alternative and this Naxos disc, APR's transfers have ampler bass response, but to my ears Ward Marston's judicious Naxos equalization sounds better balanced."
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