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Steven Kruger
Fanfare, May 2012

…nothing quite prepares one for the collaboration here between Christoph Eschenbach and Tzimon Barto. The great romantic melody for full orchestra with which it begins is never repeated, until, in the finale, a sort of grand bookend, mirror-image passage brings the piece to a close. In between, one might say, the piece meanders purposefully.

If Eschenbach’s and Barto’s way with the music sometimes leaves one feeling we are exploring the Brahms B♭, we may simply assert that we are meandering more beautifully.…Barto’s ebb and flow is natural and thoughtful. Eschenbach’s accompaniment manages to avoid total flaccidity. The sound is flat-out gorgeous. Barto’s touch is appealing—and nothing unmusical happens…I found myself repeatedly playing this performance.

The Rococo Variations are beautifully played by Dimitri Maslennikov and ably accompanied by Eschenbach. © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review on Fanfare

Lawrence Hansen
American Record Guide, March 2012

This is a vital, colorful, warm-hearted interpretation without a hint of routine or ennui about it—not a whiff of “Ho-hum, the Tchaikovsky again” here. And I’m not entirely surprised after hearing both of them at the Ravinia Festival. Those performances have, of course, evaporated with the ages, so it’s particularly rewarding to encounter these recordings.

The recorded sound certainly enhances the satisfaction to be gained from this. The balance between the soloists and orchestra is excellent, with a warmth and ambience that flatters string tone as well as the piano. © 2012 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

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