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Prokofiev: Piano Concerto no 3; Bartok: Piano Concerto no 2 / Lang Lang, piano; Berlin PO, Rattle [Deluxe]

Album Summary

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 26
>Bartók, Béla : Concerto for Piano no 2, Sz 95
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Notes & Reviews:

Superstar pianist Lang Lang's first concerto album on Sony Classical unites the world's greatest international music stars: Lang Lang, conductor Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. This highly anticipated collaboration resulted in a recording which will mark one of this year's most important classical releases. Recorded at Berlin's Philharmonie, the album presents two milestones of the 20th century piano literature: Prokofiev's explosive Piano Concerto No. 3, (one of the great show stoppers in the concert repertoire), and the Bartók Concerto No. 2, probably the most technically challenging piece ever written for piano and orchestra. These pieces showcase Lang Lang and the orchestra's unique and spectacular virtuosity and musicianship and will make any listener's jaw drop.

BBC Music Magazine, December 2013
Lang Lang has the necessary power and athleticism to bring tremendous energy and drive to [Prokofiev's] more motoric writing...[he] sails through the passagework [of the Bartok] with exemplary clarity...The problem in the outer movements rests with the pianist's tendency to make everything sound harsh and percussive.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2013
Lang Lang gives a persuasive account of the Prokofiev. His finely observed detail..., the full use of the piano's sumptuous sonority and dynamic range and his effortless technical mastery would excite anyone's admiration...[in the Bartok] Lang Lang and Rattle are hugely impressive but, for my taste, a shade too polite.

MusicWeb International, 8th November 2013
Immediately [the Prokofiev] explodes into life with Lang Lang's sparkling playing with seemingly boundless reserves of energy...Outstanding in the opening [of the Bartók] is Lang Lang's rhythmic potency borders on the demonic...Under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle the Berliner Philharmoniker is highly persuasive and sympathetic. Not for the first time the woodwind excel - marvellous.

The Arts Desk, 12th October 2013
How smart of Sony to have recorded [Lang Lang] in repertoire which plays to his strengths. This Prokofiev 3 is exceptionally good - thunderous when it needs to be, and always rhythmically alert. And Simon Rattle is a supremely effective partner...[the Bartók] makes for an unexpected, rewarding coupling.

The Independent on Sunday, 20th October 2013
Superloud and racily paced...It all gives a whole new meaning to the words "Flash, bang, wallop", but it's difficult to resist the energy, brio and sheer unabashed showmanship of the whole package.

The Times, 1st November 2013
This is a performance [of the Prokofiev] that glides by, impeccably beautiful and fleet, yet a trifle short of character. Still, Lang Lang's easy virtuosity is delicious; so is the absence of keyboard thumping...[the Bartok] offers genuine bite, whether from Lang Lang's fingers or the bracing snarl of the Berlin brass.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Philharmonie, Berlin.


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Works Details

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 26
  • Performer: Lang Lang (Piano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Philharmonie, Berlin (04/13/2013-04/14/2013)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1917-1921

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Concerto for Piano no 2, Sz 95
  • Performer: Lang Lang (Piano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Notes: Philharmonie, Berlin (02/11/2013/02/15/2013)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1930-1931

>Unspecified : Bonus DVD Material