Winner of the 1987 Leeds competition, Russian virtuoso Vladimir Ovchinnikov offers up staggering performances of Mussorgsky s Pictures at an Exhibition and Shostakovich s first Piano Concerto.
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This disc, well recorded by Collins in 1990, featured Ovchinnikov just three years after he won the Leeds competition having previously won the Tchaikovsky competition. He is the only pianist ever to have won both of these prestigious competitions. There can therefore be no doubt about his technical and musical credentials.
The disc, rather strangely coupling the Shostakovich concerto 1 plus the Mussorgsky, is cut at a slightly low level. This is typical of Collins recordings and an increase of a couple of decibels in playback level completely transforms the impact and effectiveness of the recordings/performances.
The Shostakovich is given a genial performance with plenty of bite when required, but essentially given a light touch emotionally with plenty of fun. This is very similar to Shostakovich's own account on disc with Cluytens and also that of Shostakovich's grandson on Chandos. Both this recording and that on Chandos have the advantage of being conducted...
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