- Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
- Composer: Sergey Prokofiev
- Audio CD (3 Feb. 2014)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Double CD
- Label: Chandos
- ASIN: B00HFEBYT0
- Other Editions: MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,289 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Prokofiev: Piano Concertos [Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Gianandrea Noseda] Double CD
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Exclusive Chandos artist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet performs all five of Prokofiev's formidable piano concertos in partnership with Gianandrea Noseda conducting the BBC Philharmonic. Bavouzet's flair for powerful twentieth-century repertoire was made clear in his recording of Bartok's Piano Concertos, described by The Telegraph as 'vibrant in colour, vital in rhythm and detail and viscerally exciting in impact.'
Prokofiev wrote these works between 1911 and 1932, mostly as performing vehicles for himself during his most active period as a pianist of astonishing gifts. The First Concerto is for the most part a youthful jeu d'esprit, full of rhythmical energy, but its brief slow movement is surprisingly tragic. The Second Concerto poses some of the most significant technical challenges in the entire piano repertoire, its vivid and athletic keyboard writing pushing the boundaries of what is playable. The Third Concerto in C major, a bright and breezy vehicle for Prokofiev to showcase his talents as a performer, is today his most popular piano concerto. Numbers 4 and 5 are the least well known, having been written at a time when Prokofiev was pushing his musical language to new extremes. However, both concertos contain slow movements that are full of wistful lyricism, foreshadowing the melodic impulse revealed in later works, such as Romeo and Juliet.
With Bavouzets's lively temperament allied with Noseda's fierce attention to detail, no listener will come to these performances without hearing something new in these works. Performance **** Recording *** --BBC Music Magazine, Mar'14
Strongly recommended. --IRR, Feb'14
Throughout, Bavouzet displays a light touch and laudable levels of physical stamina, with a firm a grasp of the very different personalities of each piece. RECORDING OF THE MONTH --Gramophone, mar'14
Top Customer Reviews
Now he has impressed me with his interpretations of Prokofiev's complete Piano Concertos rivalling other recordings that I have, including Michel Beroff on EMI, Martha Argerich on EMI and DG plus Boris Berman and Horacio Gutierrez also on Chandos.
The more I listened to Bavouzet playing these Concertos the more I became mesmerised by his stunning playing like in Prokofiev's most difficult second Piano Concerto or his more popular third Concerto.
But his playing too in Prokofiev's technically difficult Piano Concerto's No.4 (For the left hand) and No.5 showed real power in low registers and fast passages.
He is accompanied by Conductor Gianandrea Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic who's playing is fine throughout these Concertos with rich strings and strong brass.
Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic have already shown a flair for Russian composers with their superb recordings of Rachmaninov's three Symphonies also for Chandos around 2008-11.
The dialogue between soloist and orchestra is sometimes breathtaking especially in the Second Concerto,buy it!.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm not competent to compare this with other recordings, but it was a revelation for me. My exposure to Prokofiev has been quite limited, so I was stunned to discover in these... Read morePublished on 25 Mar. 2014 by NickR