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Prokofiev: Piano Concertos (Piano Concertos 2 & 3/ Piano Sonata 2) [Hybrid SACD, SACD]

Freddy Kempf Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Andrew Litton
  • Composer: Prokofiev
  • Audio CD (1 Mar 2010)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Bis
  • ASIN: B0034YLW8I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,234 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.16 - Freddy Kempf/Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
2. Piano Concerto No.3 in C major, Op.26 - Freddy Kempf/Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
3. Piano Sonata No.2 in D minor, Op.14 - Freddy Kempf

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''There may be no shortage of recordings of Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto, but this new one from Freddy Kempf with the Bergen Philharmonic and Andrew Litton has a lot going for it. From the liquid expressiveness of the opening clarinet solo, the orchestral contribution is very good indeed, and once the piano enters at the main Allegro it's clear that this is going to be an exciting performance, with soloist and conductor working as one. Kempf, Litton and the Bergen players are bursting with life in the faster music, finding jsut the right kind of lyrical repose in the gentler episodes of this movement and jsut the right poise in the slow movement.'' --International Record Review

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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.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A winner from BIS 9 April 2010
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Prokofiev's piano concertos allow the pianist ample opportunity to display technical brilliance, and Kempf makes full use of it to dazzle the ear. Happily, he also displays thoughtfulness and a real aptitude for revealing Prokofiev's sometimes quirky personality. Andrew Litton shows himself to be a sensitive accompanist with his virtuosic Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.
Prokofiev's sonata no.2 is an intermission between his concertos nos. 2 and 3, but is hardly 18 minutes of rest and relaxation for the listener or the hard-worked pianist. Kempf articulates it brilliantly.

The stereo and 5.0 tracks need about 3 dB extra level on my equipment to achieve my average listening level, when the realistically high dynamic range is revealed, without a hint of compression. Frequency range is also wide, but I would have liked a little more mid-range presence to mitigate slight thinness and a little shrillness in the upper reaches of the woodwinds. It would also help to warm the piano tone; balance between piano and orchestra is realistic, i.e. the piano is not obviously boosted as in many recordings (but still clearly audible at all times). Orchestral balance is also very good.

The rear channels supply some ambience, and as a whole the effect is slightly dry, and ideally clear.
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