Prokofiev: 10 Pieces from Romeo & Juliet; Hindemith: The Four Temperaments / Sergey Koudriakov, piano

Notes & Reviews:

This disc brings together two compositions closely linked to 20th-century ballet music. They are also close chronologically with three years separating the Prokofiev (written in 1937) from the Hindemith (written in 1940).

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
This is a new work for me, and the performance here is all that I could ever want to learn a great work. Koudriakov balances the concerto aspects with the chamber ones and achieves an engaging and exciting interpretation. I hear several recordings of the Prokofieff pieces every year. I have performed a few myself; they are some of my favorite piano pieces. The entire ballet is some of Prokofieff's best music. It is one in a long line of Russian ballets whose music stands on its own as a masterpiece. Koudriakov's performance here is quite good - very powerful and very Russian. This is the best Russian recording I have ever heard. It was recorded in March 2011 at the Russian Radio. Piano sound is great. Based on the current release, I will expect a lot from any future Caro Mitis disc to come my way, and I plan to enjoy this one for some time to come.



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