Piano Concerto -
STEPHEN FRANCIS VASTA
'... commendable, as far as it goes.'
The Dvorák piano concerto is difficult to bring off. The composer, trained as a string player, didn't entirely understand how to write for the piano -- granted, composers who are pianists can have the opposite problem! -- and the formidably difficult solo part here has been described as needing 'two right hands'. Meanwhile, the conductor has to find a way to hold the discursive movements together. The present team does some of the right things, but unfortunately not enough of them...
Copyright © 16 March 2010
Stephen Francis Vasta,
New York, USA
CD INFORMATION: ANTONÍN DVORÁK - VASSILY PRIMAKOV