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Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 - Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 2 (CD/DVD)

Lang Lang, Béla Bartók, Sergei O. Prokofieff, Berliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle
  • Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
  • Audio CD (7 Oct 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • ASIN: B00DV9QHB8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,950 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. I. Andante - Allegro
2. II. Tema con variazioni
3. III. Allegro ma non troppo
4. I. Allegro
5. II. Adagio - Presto - Adagio
6. III. Allegro molto
Disc: 2
1. I. Andante - Allegro
2. Behind-the-scenes of Prokofiev 3 & Bartók 2

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars possibly the best Prokofiev 3 ever? 26 Oct 2013
By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
There is no shortage of brilliant recordings of Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto but this one has an edge of excitement that makes its appearance a red-letter day. Lang Lang is totally superb but the real difference is in the sound. This new recording allows you to hear things I have never heard before, and with orchestration as colourful as Prokofiev's, this is a huge asset. It's as if you're in the middle of a forest painted by Rousseau, with fleshy leaves, outsize flowers and tigers all around. Simon Rattle has always brought out the beauty of sound in detail in all his recordings, without ever forcing the pace, so that you have time to hear everything (in this regard he reminds me a bit of Ernest Ansermet). His contribution here is immeasurable in giving this work its full stature, and when you add Lang Lang's thrilling virtuosity, tonal range, and sheer fire-power, you have something extraordinary. His phrasing continually struck me as unique, so that the piece seems as if you're hearing it for the first time. The other vital aspect is the quality of the recording, which is fantastically big and vivid. The recording producer Christoph Franke is seen working with the sound engineer Rene Moller at the sessions in a 11-minute behind-the-scenes film, and their attention to the piano tone and the balance with the orchestra has yielded amazing results. I had the same feeling in the Marinsky's version of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto no. 1 with Trifonov - this sense of being in the middle of the players is fantastic.

The Bartok concerto has similar virtues, although it is in a more austere idiom. Personally I prefer it to sound a bit dryer and more percussive, as you hear in the Pollini/Abbado version, where Lang Lang and Rattle are more "expressive" and varied in tonal nuance.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Playing and Recording. 29 Oct 2013
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Prokofiev's 3rd Piano Concerto has long been one of my favourites, but I have never heard a better version than Ashkenazy's Prokofiev: The Piano Concertos 1-5. However this is certainly a good contender now for the best version - with better sound and spectacular playing from Lang Lang and the Berlin Phil.

The recording is superb and the accompanying "making of" DVD gives some insight into what went into this - with Rattle and the pianist going through the score carefully with the sound engineers. The piano playing is incredibly vibrant and when you see it on the DVD, it is breathtaking. Rattle points out passages where he thought Lang Lang must have had extra fingers - but he shows how he did it by 'miming' his technique, over the score.

The presentation is very good with a comprehensive, thick booklet that includes many colour photos from the recording sessions. Unlike most liner notes - the content comes primarily from the main protagonists and it is interesting to hear their insight and it all adds to the experience. For example, Lang Lang explains how he hears oriental sounds in the concerto and Rattle points out how different these two pieces are, despite being written within 2 years of each other in central Europe.

Both pieces come across very well in this recording and piano/orchestra never sound less than virtuosic and brilliant. The pieces show two completely different approaches to the piano concerto and Rattle explains how he leads in the Bartok, where the orchestral part is more complex and involved. But in the Prokofiev he allows Land Lang to lead and they let the orchestra follow and support him. All in all, music making of the highest order, recorded in the highest quality - this has to be 5 stars.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Lang Lang and Simon Rattle have worked together for years, so this new disc on Sony Classical comes after the two developed a fondness for each other. Listening to Rattle's thoughts on working with Lang Lang, he seems almost in awe of his gifts and pleased to be working with him. My fear was that Rattle would simply go along with the ride and succumb to fussiness, thereby dragging down the whole enterprise.

But Rattle has shown affinity for both Prokofiev and Bartok in the past and thankfully in this case he is at the height of his game. From the start of the Prokofiev 3rd Concerto we hear music-making that is truly mesmerizing. Lang Lang plays with command boosted by his dazzling technique, delving into the work with a true sense of adventure. He is a chameleon of the keyboard, finding many shades of color and elaborating with his combination of nuance and sheer charisma. One might find his pianism less individual than past readings from Kissin and Argerich, who both mastered the work, but for dash and energy, Lang Lang probably surpasses them both. The decisive factor in making this album a success may be Rattle, actually, who is sparkling and idiomatic, more so than Abbado with the same orchestra for both Kissin and Argerich. He finds great variety all throughout the score but his naturalness caught me off guard--there's none of his afflicting self-consciousness. The Berliners are beyond words and with the wonderful recorded sound, the experience could hardly be bettered.

This Bartok 2nd comes on the heels of a great reading from Leif Ove Andsnes and Pierre Boulez with the same orchestra a few years back. This reading is less precise and direct but the flexibility in the phrasing is truly remarkable. Is it a bad thing that the scoring doesn't sound as percussive?
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