Pianist Labazevitch injects more fire into the two concerted works, rushing the tempos in some passagework to build excitement; orchestra and conductor gamely, calmly follow his lead. …[He] is excellent, …and the orchestra is refined and perfectly balanced with the piano—no spotlighting.
The take on Chopin’s Piano Concerto No° 2 in F minor by Ewa Strusinka is generally well balanced and nuanced with the right amount of speed at the appropriate moments. …Martin Labazevitch’s dexterity is rapturous especially as he delves into the fabulous Larghetto with buttery fondness.
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