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

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Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3

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


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.

“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.” The Guardian, 25th May 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” Mail on Sunday, 4th June 2017 *****

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Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 1, 3 & 4

Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 1, 3 & 4


Prokofiev:

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

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

Piano Concerto No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 53


“Mustonen’s performances are very accomplished – quasi-Gouldian would be the obvious way to describe them, the work of a keyboard provocateur with a keen recreative imagination. Lintu and his orchestra, however, are pleasingly consistent” Classical Ear, 25th November 2016 ***

“How many times have I regretted a shortage of fantasy, flair and fairy-tale imagination in recordings of the Prokofiev piano concertos? Well, here is a disc that akes all those qualities to the top, gleefully goers over it, and ends up halfway down the other side…if there is room in your collection for several sets of the Prokofiev concertos, this one at least comes with a provocative distinctiveness” Gramophone Magazine, November 2016

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Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 - 5 (Complete)

Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 - 5 (Complete)


Vladimir Krainev (piano)

The Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Dmitri Kitayenko

Melodiya presents a set of Prokofiev’s piano concertos performed by Vladimir Krainev.One of the brightest composers/pianists of his time, Prokofiev reflected in his piano concertos the most recognizable features of his artistic individuality like in a mirror. Having resolutely deserted the romantic tradition of the concerto genre, he created a new type of it. The motive toccata style, a splendid technique of scales and passages – all combined with fragile lyricism; sharp grotesque contrasts – and a sunny emotion of life-asserting; a crystal clear form and pattern – and sudden twists of the musical “plot”… This is what a figurative world of these works appears to be with each of them being individual realization of the genre and never continuing the line of the previous one.People’s Artist of the USSR Vladimir Krainev is indeed among the best interpreters of domestic music of the 20th century. While a student of the Moscow Conservatory, he became a world-famous pianist after his victories at the international competitions in Leeds and Lisbon. In 1970, he won the first prize of the International Tchaikovsky Competition.Apart from his flawless technical skills and rich sound palette, Vladimir Krainev was notable for a bright temperament which often roused the artist to do bold and even risky interpretations (one of the Austrian newspapers dubbed him “a tiger of keys on the arena”). That is probably why Prokofiev’s music was so dear to Krainev, who always had the composer’s concertos, sonatas and numerous piano pieces in his repertoire. Vladimir Krainev recorded Prokofiev’s five piano concertos were recorded with the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow Philharmonic Society conducted by Dmitri Kitayenko.

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The Highest Level: Prokofiev 3 and Bartok 2

The Highest Level: Prokofiev 3 and Bartok 2

The Making of an Extraordinary Recording


Prokofiev:

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

full performance, filmed at the recording sessions in the Berlin Philharmonie


Lang Lang's first concerto album on the Sony label unites the world’s greatest International music stars: Lang Lang, Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. This highly awaited collaboration resulted in a recording which will mark one of this year's most important core classical releases in the music industry.

Recorded at Berlin's Philharmonie, the album presents two mile stones of the 20th century piano literature: Prokofiev’s explosive Piano Concerto No. 3, (one of the great show stoppers in the concert literature), and the Bartók Concerto Nr. 2, probably the most technically challenging piece ever written for piano and orchestra.

Comes in luxuriously designed photo-loaded deluxe packaging.

An up-close and highly personal TV documentary (Working Title: "At the Highest Level") will accompany the release. The film will give an exclusive insight into processes that are normally hidden: the preparations of the musicians, the recordings at the Philharmonie in Berlin and the struggle to get the best sound, as well as the post-production phase.

Produced by award winning company BFMI (Bernhard Fleischer Moving Images) and directed by Christian Berger the 60” TV documentary “The Highest Level” gives an exclusive insight into processes that are normally hidden: the preparations of the musicians, the recordings at the Philharmonie in Berlin and the struggle to get the best sound, as well as the post-production phase. The viewer gets unusually close to the stars of the film.

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60” TV documentary “The Highest Level”

Complete run-through of the Prokofiev Concerto 3

Complete audio album in Surround Sound 5.1 (Bluray only)

Complete audio album in High-Res stereo (Bluray only)

“How smart of Sony to have recorded [Lang Lang] in repertoire which plays to his strengths. This Prokofiev 3 is exceptionally good – thunderous when it needs to be, and always rhythmically alert. And Simon Rattle is a supremely effective partner.” The Arts Desk, 12th October 2013

“Superloud and racily paced...It all gives a whole new meaning to the words “Flash, bang, wallop”, but it’s difficult to resist the energy, brio and sheer unabashed showmanship of the whole package.” The Independent on Sunday, 20th October 2013

“this is a performance [of the Prokofiev] that glides by, impeccably beautiful and fleet, yet a trifle short of character. Still, Lang Lang’s easy virtuosity is delicious; so is the absence of keyboard thumping...[the Bartok] offers genuine bite, whether from Lang Lang’s fingers or the bracing snarl of the Berlin brass.” The Times, 1st November 2013 ****

“Immediately [the Prokofiev] explodes into life with Lang Lang’s sparkling playing with seemingly boundless reserves of energy...Outstanding in the opening [of the Bartók] is Lang Lang’s rhythmic potency borders on the demonic...Under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle the Berliner Philharmoniker is highly persuasive and sympathetic. Not for the first time the woodwind excel - marvellous.” MusicWeb International, 8th November 2013

“Lang Lang gives a persuasive account of the Prokofiev. His finely observed detail..., the full use of the piano's sumptuous sonority and dynamic range and his effortless technical mastery would excite anyone's admiration...[in the Bartok] Lang Lang and Rattle are hugely impressive but, for my taste, a shade too polite.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2013

“Lang Lang has the necessary power and athleticism to bring tremendous energy and drive to [Prokofiev's] more motoric writing...[he] sails through the passagework [of the Bartok] with exemplary clarity...The problem in the outer movements rests with the pianist's tendency to make everything sound harsh and percussive” BBC Music Magazine, December 2013 ****

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Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3

Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3


Prokofiev:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16

Daniel Hill (piano)

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

Ayano Shimada (piano)


The two concertos on this CD are performed with flair and panache by prizewinners from the 2004 Sydney International Piano Competition. Both of them demonstrate the energy, wit and driving beauty of Prokofiev’s music.

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Mahler: Symphony No. 1

Mahler: Symphony No. 1

Recorded live at the Concert Hall of the Culture and Convention Centre Lucerne, 12 August 2009


Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Prokofiev:

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

Yuja Wang (piano)


“Like a cry of Nature”: thus the expression mark that opens Gustav Mahler’s First Symphony – and the programme of the Festival 2009 which takes up Nature as its guiding theme. Mahler, in the First Symphony, shaped the “cry of nature” into a musical vision of an entire human life in four stages – from a spring-like upsurge of feelings through desire and suffering, to the end of earthly existence and the entrance into Paradise.

The opening treats listeners to a spectacular début as the twenty-two-year-old Chinese pianist Yuja Wang plays Sergei Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto. In her Lucerne appearances she displays the full range of her artistry as Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto demands not only lyricism and intimacy but brilliance and virtuosity.

Claudio Abbado has realised a dream with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. The orchestra consists of an exclusive ensemble of handpicked musicians like Kolja Blacher and Sebastian Breuninger, Natalia Gutman, Clemens Hagen and Jens Peter Maintz.

Claudio Abbado is undeniably a supreme Mahler conductor and his best selling recordings with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra – symphonies No. 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7 (on Blu-ray No. 1, 2, 3 and 6) have already been released on EuroArts – have set new standards in interpretation of works by Gustav Mahler.

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Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 79 mins

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Prokofiev - Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3

Prokofiev - Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3


Prokofiev:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16

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

Piano Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 14


Freddy Kempf’s 2003 Prokofiev solo recital was described as ‘a superb disc’ in Gramophone, whose critic went on to write: ‘Kempf is joyfully exuberant, flashing through every savage challenge with the assurance and instinct of a born virtuoso.’

Kempf, Litton and the Bergen PO now join forces in an all-Prokofiev programme that includes the most popular of his five piano concertos, namely the Third, a spontaneous work, vigorous and melodic in turns and full of striking material presented in a typical Prokofiev manner. This is coupled with the Second Piano Concerto, which Prokofiev himself premièred in 1913, shocking the audience with its modernistic sounds and jagged rhythms.

“[In the G minor concerto] Kempf is less flamboyant than some, perhaps seeking to make musical sense of the argument. The second movement is as lithe and scintillating as one might wish.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2010

“With this disc, Freddy Kempf shoots straight into the top ten of Prokofiev interpreters...[He] keeps it all spruce and plays it relatively straight...The big Rachmaninov tune in the finale [of the Third Concerto] is appropriately grand in the soloist's hands and orchestrally lush.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2010 *****

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Editor's Choice - May 2010

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Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19, etc.

Prokofiev:

Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19

Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63

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


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

Prokofiev:

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

Ravel:

Piano Concerto in G major

Gaspard de la Nuit


“Argerich at her most charismatically brilliant.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2007

“For those who prefer studio recordings, Argerich's highly regarded 1974 taping has been added to her famous pairing of the Ravel G major and Prokofiev Third Piano Concertos. This one has both raw passion and wonderfully controlled gradations of touch and tone.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“There is nothing ladylike about the playing, but it displays countless indications of sensuous, feminine perception and subtlety, and Abbado's direction underlines that from the very first...This is a much more individual performance than almost any other available and it brings its own special insights.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23, etc.

Prokofiev:

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

Beliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Tchaikovsky:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Dutoit


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