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Prokofiev: The 5 Piano Concertos / Ashkenazy, Previn

Album Summary

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 1 in D flat major, Op. 10
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 4 in B flat major (for the left hand), Op. 53
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 5 in G major, Op. 55
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 16
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 26
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Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
While it's true that the Prokofiev piano concertos are an uneven body of work, there's enough imaginative fire and pianistic brilliance to hold the attention even in the weakest of them; the best, by common consent Nos 1, 3 and 4, have stood the test of time very well. As indeed have these Decca recordings. The set first appeared in 1975, but the sound is fresher than many contemporary digital issues, and Ashkenazy has rarely played better. Other pianists have matched his brilliance and energy in, say, the Third Concerto, but very few have kept up such a sure balance of fire and poetry. The astonishingly inflated bravura of the Second Concerto's opening movement is kept shapely and purposeful and even the out-of-tune piano doesn't spoil the effect too much. And the youthful First has the insouciance and zest its 22-year-old composer plainly intended.

Newcomers to the concertos should start with No 3: so many facets of Prokofiev's genius are her, and Ashkenazy shows how they all take their place as part of a kind of fantastic story. But there are rewards everywhere, and the effort involved in finding them is small.



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>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 1 in D flat major, Op. 10
  • Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 15 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1911-1912

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 4 in B flat major (for the left hand), Op. 53
  • Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1931.
  • Running Time: 22 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1931

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 5 in G major, Op. 55
  • Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1931-32.
  • Running Time: 24 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1931-1932

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 16
  • Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1912-13.
  • Running Time: 32 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1912-1913

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 26
  • Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 28 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1917-1921