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Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3

Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3

17 Apr 2009
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  • Original Release Date: 17 April 2009
  • Release Date: 20 April 2009
  • Label: Warner Classics
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  • Total Length: 1:01:44
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
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I was lucky enough to be present at the actual RFH performance of the 3rd concerto. It was a blistering account. The recording captures all that we heard live, though inevitably has been touched up for repeated listening with some edits (I remember a slightly cumbersome join between orchestra and piano at one point in the 'real thing'.)

I'm not going to go into detail, but these performances are truly on fire. No 2 has all the necessary menace and thundering virtuosity from all parties. No 3 is at times magical, at others lithe and vibrant, it is devilishly exciting and captures so much passion and wit. I suppose all this is hardly surprising when you have two masters of the keyboard as well as of Russian music at the helm, both of whom know and understand these works so deeply. Indeed, this music is in their bloodstreams! The recording is so wonderfully present, and you feel an even greater sense of involvement as a result.

I love these two concertos, and I have never heard them like this. Buy with confidence and enjoy!
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This seems to be Kissin's third recording of the Prokofiev Third Concerto. I don't know the others -- the previous one was with Abbado -- but just as piano playing, this is amazing stuff. It's also very well recorded for the piano, though it strikes me that it's maybe a tad too upfront in the aural picture (not that the playing ever sounds anything but good), and it's hard to say what Ashkenazy's conducting adds to the character of the music. In both of the concertos on this disc, the soloist is asked to do, technically and expressively, just about everything a pianist CAN do, although the moments of sheer lyrical beauty are not dwelt on very long. The juxtapositions of very different expressive effects make the concertos quite difficult to get one's head around when trying to see them whole, as it were. They come across as having a suite-like character, and each item, if I may so put it, seems to exist to demonstrate something vivid that the piano is capable of. The transitions even within movements are quite surprising, even in a movement like the theme-and-variations second movement of the Third Concerto. There's always a sense of keeping the listener off-balance and amazed. The finale of the Second Concerto likewise has incredible variety, from its derisive-sounding outburst at the beginning to lovely lyrical playing at different points, punctuated by more assertive music. The technical challenges of much of the writing seem to me immense, but KIssin has no problem with it that I can hear. He is totally in command -- clear lovely tone, even in the most aggressive outbursts. Whatever you think of the music -- and if you like Rachmaninov, you might not care for it -- you almost have to hear this for the playing.
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This is Kissin's second recording of the the 3rd piano concerto by Prokofiev, but he has never recorded the 2nd concerto before. His jaw-dropping playing techniques, along with the sharp, full-body sound from his piano like a well-polished steel surface, fit very well with the piano pieces by Prokofiev.

With his previos recording of the 3rd (with Abbado and Berlin Philharmonic) still available, this new recording is a great welcome as his score reading has matured over the past 10 years. His first recording of the 2nd concerto is even more pleasing as this piece is notoriously difficult to play for its endless, ruthless violence that demands highest possible techniques. With Kissin at the piano, the tone-cluster like cadenza from the first movement vibrates the ground. You should have never heard of this piece as more convincing as it is played here, and this recording should be considered as the first choice.

Ashkenazy provides solid supports for both concertos, as he knows every single details of them through a pianist - played and recorded in the 1970's.
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This is a first rate performance of Prokofiev P. Cs two and three, especially when one considers that they are live recordings( the
audience remains silent) the excitement of a live recording is palpable.Kissin is superb throughout.It is great to have Ashkenazy
conducting,I have his recordings of all the Prokofiev P Cs as pianist, superb.I sincerely recommend this Kissin, Ashkenazy
collaboration.
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