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Sergei Prokofiev: Concertos for piano and orchestra, Nos. 1-5 / Vladimir Krainev, piano

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
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Firma Melodiya presents a set of Prokofiev's piano concertos performed by Vladimir Krainev. One of the brightest composers/pianists of his time, Prokofiev reflected in his piano concertos the most recognizable features of his artistic individuality like in a mirror. Having resolutely deserted the romantic tradition of the concerto genre, he created a new type of it. The motive toccata style, a splendid technique of scales and passages - all combined with fragile lyricism; sharp grotesque contrasts - and a sunny emotion of life-asserting; a crystal clear form and pattern - and sudden twists of the musical "plot"...This is what a figurative world of these works appears to be with each of them being individual realization of the genre and never continuing the line of the previous one. People's Artist of the USSR Vladimir Krainev is indeed among the best interpreters of domestic music of the 20th century. While a student of the Moscow Conservatory, he became a world-famous pianist after his victories at the international competitions in Leeds and Lisbon. In 1970, he won the first prize of the International Tchaikovsky Competition. Apart from his flawless technical skills and rich sound palette, Vladimir Krainev was notable for a bright temperament which often roused the artist to do bold and even risky interpretations (one of the Austrian newspapers dubbed him "a tiger of keys on the arena"). That is probably why Prokofiev's music was so dear to Krainev, who always had the composer's concertos, sonatas and numerous piano pieces in his repertoire. Vladimir Krainev recorded Prokofiev's five piano concertos were recorded with the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow Philharmonic Society conducted by Dmitri Kitayenko.



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Works Details

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 1 in D flat major, Op. 10
  • Performer: Vladimir Krainev (Piano)
  • Conductor: Dmitri Kitayenko
  • Ensemble: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 14 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1911-1912

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 4 in B flat major (for the left hand), Op. 53
  • Performer: Vladimir Krainev (Piano)
  • Conductor: Dmitri Kitayenko
  • Notes: Composition written: 1931.
  • Running Time: 23 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1931

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 5 in G major, Op. 55
  • Performer: Vladimir Krainev (Piano)
  • Conductor: Dmitri Kitayenko
  • Notes: Composition written: 1931-32.
  • Running Time: 21 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1931-1932

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 16
  • Performer: Vladimir Krainev (Piano)
  • Conductor: Dmitri Kitayenko
  • Notes: Composition written: 1912-13.
  • Running Time: 32 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1912-1913

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 26
  • Performer: Vladimir Krainev (Piano)
  • Conductor: Dmitri Kitayenko
  • Running Time: 27 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1917-1921