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Classical - Released March 4, 2016 | CapriccioNR

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Classical - Released May 5, 2015 | CapriccioNR

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The possessor of a broad repertoire, pianist Tzimon Barto plays music from the Baroque to the modern periods, and his technical facility in all genres of keyboard music is noteworthy. However, he tends to be strongest in Romantic and post-Romantic works, and this seems to influence his style of playing music by J.S. Bach, whose Goldberg Variations receive a decidedly freewheeling and Romantic treatment on this Capriccio recording. Sample the opening statement of the Aria, and note how slowly and dreamily Barto interprets the melody, stretching it almost to the point of unrecognizability. What follows is a highly variable and excitable set of variations that are tugged about with ample rubato, elastic rhythms, and random dynamics, all hallmarks of self-indulgent playing. Perhaps listeners with a taste for the novel and eccentric will find Barto to their liking, and the most jaded may find this performance to be a startling take on a classic that has grown stale from too much exposure. But anyone who values steadiness of execution and consistency of expression in the Goldberg Variations will find this reading undisciplined, unpredictable, and whimsical, and fans of historically informed performance practices will pass it by without a qualm. © TiVo
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Classical - Released October 7, 2014 | CapriccioNR

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Classical - Released February 4, 2014 | Ondine

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Classical - Released November 1, 2011 | CapriccioNR

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Considering the vast quantity of recordings that exist of Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, the overwhelmed listener may wonder how this Capriccio release shapes up before deciding on it. It's an encouraging sign to see Christoph Eschenbach as the conductor, and his handling of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin is all it should be: well-paced, sympathetic to the music and the soloists, and clear-headed. Yet the reputation of pianist Tzimon Barto doesn't precede him like Eschenbach's does, so listeners deserve to know that, while his playing is technically proficient and at time brilliant, his interpretive skills are open for discussion. No doubt Barto struggled to find ways to make this warhorse interesting, and it is certainly the case that he always keeps the listener guessing his moves. Unfortunately, he tends to favor exaggerated longueur and dramatic pauses, and the concerto becomes excessively drawn-out and tedious because of his vaguely melancholic reading. While this performance of the concerto may bring its share of controversy, the performance of Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme for cello and orchestra is much more engaging and energetic, thanks mostly to Dimitri Maslennikov's elegant cello solos, but also to Eschenbach's skillful direction. This extraordinary performance steals the show from Barto, and what was intended to be a filler piece is instead the most desirable offering of the two. The sound of the concerto recording is decent, but the recording of the Rococo Variations is quite clear and balanced, with credible presence for Maslennikov's part. © TiVo
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Classical - Released May 25, 2010 | CapriccioNR

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Classical - Released October 27, 2009 | Ondine

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Classical - Released January 1, 2007 | Ondine

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Classical - Released January 1, 2006 | Ondine

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Classical - Released October 15, 1999 | Warner Classics