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Stephen Greenbank
MusicWeb International, June 2013

Electrifying’ the booklet says of the Tchaikovsky performance. I can certainly concur with that sentiment. Anda and Solti give us a full-blooded and compelling reading. Excitement is generated throughout…Anda displays incredible command in what is for many pianists a technically demanding work. Yet, he is able to convey the lyricism in the expressive passages, and especially in the gentle, eloquence of the second movement.

The Brahms Piano Concerto no. 2 was a constant companion throughout Anda’s performing career. This is a noble performance where…his fabulous technique enables him to overcome the technical challenges that this work throws at the pianist. Klemperer, one of the greatest conductors of the twentieth century, provides admirable support. He understands the musical structure and architecture of the work.

…these two works are heard in reasonably good sound…They will be required listening for those who, like myself, are Anda devotees. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Brian Wigman
Classical Net, June 2013

These two performances are both very important; the Tchaikovsky from 1958 is being presented for the first time, while the Brahms from 1954 shows both Klemperer and Anda at their very best.

Solti was always a high energy and excitable conductor, and he seemed to enjoy recording the Tchaikovsky concerto…The orchestra is good…the whole thing is really exciting and a whole lot of fun.

Anda plays with exceptionally skill [in the Brahms], and Klemperer…seems exceptionally comfortable here. He always was a great Brahms conductor, and here, at the beginning of his “Indian Summer” and in reasonably good health, he does exceptionally fine work. Again, the orchestra plays decently enough…[this] should please anyone looking for a fresh and exciting take on the work. Many thanks to ICA for this disc. © 2013 Classical Net Read complete review

Norman Lebrecht
La Scena Musicale, January 2013

In an age of great pianists, the unassuming Hungarian gets unfairly overlooked. His account of the 2nd Brahms concerto (Otto Klemperer conducting) packs a massive punch—the kind of power you’d expect from Russians. The Tchaikovsky concerto, by contrast, he plays with an almost airy nonchalance and breath-taking subtlety (Georg Solti conducting). Absorbing interpretations with the orchestra of Cologne Radio. © 2013 La Scena Musicale Read complete review

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