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Lugansky is in another league from Fliter in these works. He opts to present the concertos in reverse numerical (and therefore true chronological) order. Although the recording, of very wide dynamic range, is less impressive overall than Linn’s, the playing makes this the preferred purchase. Lugansky’s First Concerto is identifiably more cogent than Fliter’s, and this structural tightness results in a more satisfying musical experience. One must also credit the recording with allowing woodwind solos (particularly bassoon) to register so convincingly. Lugansky highlights the spirit of the dance in the finale to great effect. The final pages are simply stunning, with Lugansky’s decision to use sparing pedal absolutely vindicated. The Second Concerto is beautifully realised, the first movement exciting, the slow movement more variegated.

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