Rachmaninov: The Piano Concertos (2CD)

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Stephen Hough, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Litton

“The underrated Fourth Concerto features the Dallas Symphony's stellar brass and winds ideally aligned, plus Hough's balletic projection of the finale's dazzling runs. No less distinct are the First Concerto' deliciously dovetailed rubatos in the first movement and the finale's perfectly gauged rhythmic definition. Overall, these live concert recordings stand out in a field jam-packed with first-rate Rachmaninov concerto cycles.” - BBC Music Magazine

“magnetic performances that reflect the thoughtfulness and care with which this masterly pianist approaches even the most frequently performed works, his interpretation refreshingly based on indications in the score rather than performing tradition.” - Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music

“Hough. Litton. Rachmaninov concertos. Hyperion. Already a mouth-watering prospect, is it not? So, like the old Fry’s Five Boys chocolate advert, does Anticipation match Realisation in these five much recorded confections? The answer is “yes” on almost every level’” - Gramophone Magazine