Notes & Reviews:
Sergei Prokofiev - Concerto for Piano in D-flat major No. 1, Op. 10
Concerto for Piano in G minor No. 2, Op. 16
Concerto for Piano in C major No. 3, Op. 26
Concerto for Piano in B-flat major No. 4, Op. 53
Concerto for Piano in G major No. 5, Op. 55
Boris Berman (Piano)
Horacio Gutiérrez (Piano)
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
BBC Music Magazine
Berman is incisive in Prokofiev's Concertos Nos 1, 4 and 5, but the highlight of this set is Horacio Gutiérrez's hair-raising playing in Concertos Nos 2 and 3. Terrific orchestral support.
... Cuban-American Gutiérrez unleashes some of the most thrilling virtuosity on record, storming the Second Concerto's first movement development/cadenza in a manner that will make lesser pianists tremble. He is no less stunning in the less obviously demanding Third Concerto where once again his ebullience is complemented by flawless technique and musicianship. Berman (Boris, not Lazar) may offer less supercharged vitality but all three of his performances alternate poise and exuberance to a most stylish and musical degree. Järvi works hand in glove with his soloists and the result is a triumph. No recorded collection of the complete concertos, whether deleted or available, comes within distance of this.
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