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Prokofiev: Piano Concertos 2 & 5 / Vadym Kholodenko, piano; Fort Worth SO, Miguel Harth-Bedoya

Album Summary

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 16
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 5 in G major, Op. 55
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

2013 Cliburn Gold Medalist Vadym Kholodenko became the first-ever "Artist in Partnership" with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra beginning in 2014-2015. Under the baton of Miguel Harth-Bedoya, he opens his complete cycle of Prokofiev Piano Concertos with the dark-hued but dazzling second concerto coupled with the less familiar fifth.

CD Review, 20th February 2016
A very fine pianist; there is doubt about his virtuosity and his affinity with Prokofiev ... there's a lot of potential in this young pianist ... Kholodenko is great in showing the drive of this music, the power of it, and also the different colours ... he has fingers of steel.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2016
The luxurious and exquisitely dimensional sound reproduction, combined with hand-in-glove ensemble and scrupulous attention to detail, makes this a remarkable release, one whose disclosures multiply with repeated listening.

International Piano, March 2016
Kholodenko seems more at home with [concerto] No 5, in a straightforward, brilliant interpretation with plenty of drive ... The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra accompanies nicely throughout in a spacious acoustic.

The Classical Reviewer, 28/02/2016
Kholodenko's technique and phrasing bring a great clarity. He is not afraid to slow down and find a mystery and poetry often ridden roughshod over by others. His approach reveals much that is often lost in more overtly virtuosic performances. He ensures that the bolder, more dynamic passages receive due weight bringing a restrained virtuosity of his own.

BBC Music Magazine, May 2016
[Kholodenko] surmounts the Second Concerto's formidable challenges impressively, with only a hint of a rallentando at the cadenza's steepest hurdles. The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra matches his qualities with faultless and clearly articulated playing.

American Record Guide, May/June 2016
I recently heard a marathon program of all five Concertos performed by the the Mariinsky Orchestra/Gergiev with five different pianists (reviewed in Concerts Everywhere). Concerto 5 is as good as the great performance by Sergei Babayan. The ensemble playing and recorded sound here are fully on the same level as the brilliant Russian ensemble. I can speak Harth-Bedoya's, when it comes to a recorded performance like this, he makes a very significant contribution to the success of this superb release.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, Texas (03/2015); Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, Texas (10/2014).



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>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 16
  • Performer: Vadym Kholodenko (Piano)
  • Conductor: Miguel Harth Bedoya
  • Ensemble: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1912-13.
  • Running Time: 32 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1912-1913
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 5 in G major, Op. 55
  • Performer: Vadym Kholodenko (Piano)
  • Conductor: Miguel Harth Bedoya
  • Ensemble: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1931-32.
  • Running Time: 23 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1931-1932
  • Studio/Live: Live