Notes & Reviews:
BBC Music Magazine, March 2015
Berman's all-engulfing accounts receive expert backing from Karajan (Tchaikovsky), but rather less sophisticated support from the VSO in Liszt's Concertos.
His tremendous virtuosity is always put at the service of the music ... Berman's decorative passages are as delicate as you could imagine, never merely showy, while the strength of his playing is tremendous. He can scale his playing down to the most intimate mood, while the detail of textures is as clear as could be ... Giulini gets the Vienna Symphony Orchestra to play as if it were the Philharmonic itself. DG's recording is full, yet bright and clear, with an admirable balance between soloist and orchestra ... deeply satisfying.
This magnificent reading of the Tchaikovsky B flat minor certainly confirms that here is a positive personality of the first order ... Karajan conducts with an incandescent urgency to match the bravura of the pianist ... in every way this is a big, commanding performance ... Berman's concern for detail and his meticulous scaling of dynamic down to jewelled pianissimo grips the attention through everything ... a firm first choice for every taste with stellar names and brilliant recording quality.