Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3

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Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3

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ONYX4140

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1

Release date:

9th June 2017

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0880040414025

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52 minutes

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Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3


Prokofiev:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D flat major, Op. 10

Simon Trpčeski (piano)

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26

Simon Trpčeski (piano)

Overture on Hebrew Themes, for orchestra, Op. 34b


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Prokofiev was just 21 when he first performed his First Piano Concerto in Moscow, on 25 July 1912, with his teacher Nikolay Tcherepnin conducting. That same year, even as he was composing his ferocious Second Piano Concerto, Prokofiev was contemplating composing "a little pendant, something a little lighter". The Third Concerto has the kind of grace, economy and ‘balance’ that one might almost call Classical. Indeed, it has stylistic traits in common with Prokofiev’s First Symphony known as the ‘Classical’. It has become one of the 20th century’s most popular concertos.

Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-Flat, Op. 10

Allegro brioso – Andante assai – Allegro scherzando

Sergei Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes, Op. 34 bis

Overture on Hebrew Themes, Op. 34 bis

Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C, Op. 26

I. Andante – Allegro

II. Theme and Variations: Andantino

III. Allegro ma non troppo

The Guardian

25th May 2017

****

“The Macedonian pianist doesn’t go in for dark introspection – slow themes tend to be inquisitive rather than outright melancholy – and makes an exception to the rule that all Prokofiev should be laced with sarcasm and subversion. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra sounds seriously good under Vasily Petrenko.”

Mail on Sunday

4th June 2017

*****

“Simon Trpčeski and his regular partners, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic under Vasily Petrenko, serve up [the First Piano Concerto] with plenty of glitter and panache. The more reflective Third Piano Concerto, full of beautiful tunes, also receives a totally idiomatic and compelling performance, forcing it to the front of quite a crowded field”

MusicWeb International

“This is a hit; the most satisfying performances of these concertos I've heard in a long while.”

Classical Music

July 2017

*****

“Trpčeski’s approach here is a winning combination of the muscular and the lyrical, finding moments of great beauty in the barnstorming first concerto and knocking the socks off bravura passages in the third…he is matched by playing of tremendous panache and virtuosity from Petrenko’s players”

Gramophone Magazine

August 2017

“[these] Prokofiev recordings are every bit as polished and satisfying as I remember from live accounts (of the Third Concerto) in Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall…thoroughly musical accounts, beautifully rehearsed so that orchestra and piano can have an equal share in the action”

The Arts Desk

29th July 2017

“Listen to the way the first movement's second subject is enunciated so crisply, and how often do we get to hear the lower strings’ soft accompaniment? Even the castanet player deserves a medal; it's as if someone's wiped the dust off an old portrait. Sample the shimmering string textures just before the recapitulation, before a breathtaking dash to the finish. Everything's in perfect equilibrium: an irresistible blend of flippant wit and deep soul.”

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