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5.0 out of 5 stars A Stunning set Of Prokofiev's Five Piano Concertos., 2 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Prokofiev: Piano Concertos 1-5 (Audio CD)
During the mid-1980's and early 90's, Neeme Jarvi used up to three top Orchestras in his quest to record as many of Prokofiev's works as he could. In any event, he has recorded all of Prokofiev's Symphonies and two Violin Concertos, plus a lot of his ballets and suites with the Scottish National Orchestra. With the Philharmonia he has recorded Suites and Cantatas and on this CD, all five of Prokofiev's Piano Concertos with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and everyone of them with the Chandos label. It's been a great achievement of Jarvi to do this and says a lot of his standing as a Prokofiev interpretor that Orchestras and Chandos have continued to work with him.

For these recordings of Prokofiev's five Piano Concertos, he used two famous pianists and of course they gave him fantastic results. Boris Berman played Concertos 1,4 and 5 and Horacio Gutierrez 2 and 3. Boris Berman's very fluent and assured style particularly comes across in Prokofiev's Fourth Piano Concerto which he wrote for the left hand. It is effortless to listen to, as is his sparkling sensitive performance of Prokofiev's fifth Piano Concerto and it's a great pity you don't hear this Concerto played more in the Concert Hall.
Horace Gutierrez's commanding and intense style serves him very well in Prokofiev's more well known Piano Concerto No.3. The build up to the intense climax in the Concerto's final movement by both pianist and Orchestra is wonderful to experience. Gutierrez also acquits himself very well in Prokofiev's second piano Concerto, but I would say that it's not in the same league as Michel Beroff's EMI recording which he did with Kurt Masur and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig in 1974.

So an excellent set of Prokofiev's five Piano Concertos benefiting from the rich but sensitive backing of Neeme Jarvi and the excellent Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, plus the clear open sound of the Chandos engineers. Highly recommended.
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