Andsnes is an interesting interpreter of Rachmaninovís piano concertos, and brings a vitality and freshness to the solo aspects of these works. But what is even more exciting about this recording, is that there is a bonus encore track available to anyone that purchases this CD. By going to the website http://www.andsnesrachmaninov.com, and inserting this CD into your computer drive, you get access to a secret area of the website that features a bonus track from Andsnesís new solo CD named ìHorizons,î where you can listen to his interpretation of Shostakovichís Polka from Líage díor. In addition, you get access to wallpaper for your computer and other goodiesósomething that made listening to this music even more refreshing and new. More recording companies should promo and feature their performers in this manner, as well as reward customers for buying their products.
Overall, this is an excellent recording featuring one of the newcomers in the piano repertoire.
Dr. Brad Eden
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
product_title=Sergei Rachmaninov: Piano concerti nos. 1 and no. 2
product_by=Leif Ove Andsnes, piano; Berlin Philharmonic, Antonio Pappano (cond.)
product_id=EMI Classics 0946 3 44011 9 7 [CD]