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CHAN 10522
(multiple CD Set)

Prokofiev: The Piano Concertos

The Classical Shop
release date: May 2009

Originally recorded in 2008

Artists:

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra


Neeme Jarvi


Boris Berman

piano

Horacio Gutierrez

piano

Venue:

Concertgebouw Hall, Amsterdam



Producer:

Brian Couzens



Engineer:

Ralph Couzens


Ben Connellan

(Assistant: Nos 1, 4 & 5)

Richard Lee

(Assistant: Nos 2 & 3)

Record Label
Chaconne Classics

Genre:

Piano


Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 122:02
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SERGEI PROKOFIEV

(1891-1953)
   
 

Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 10

16:10  
  in D flat major - in Des-Dur - en ré bémol majeur  
1 I Allegro brioso - 7:07
2 II Andante assai - 4:34
3 III Allegro scherzando 4:29
 Boris Berman piano
 

Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 16

31:13  
  in G minor - in g-Moll - en sol mineur  
4 I Andantino - Allegretto 10:57
5 II Scherzo. Vivace 2:28
6 III Intermezzo. Allegro moderato 6:40
7 IV Finale. Allegro tempestoso 10:56
 Horacio Gutierrez piano
 

Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 26

27:28  
  in C major - in C-Dur - en ut majeur  
8 I Andante - Allegro 8:59
9 II Tema. Andantino - 0:51
  Variations:  
10 i L'istesso tempo 1:04
11 ii Allegro 0:46
12 iii Allegro moderato (poco meno mosso) 1:10
13 IV Andante meditativo 2:18
14 v Allegro 1:17
15 Tema: L'istesso tempo 1:30
16 III Allegro ma non troppo 9:23
 Horacio Gutierrez piano
 

Piano Concerto No. 4, Op. 53 (for the Left Hand)

23:32  
  in B flat major - in H-Dur - en si bémol majeur  
17 I Vivace 4:17
18 II Andante 9:31
19 III Moderato - Allegro moderato 7:58
20 IV Vivace 1:34
 Boris Berman piano
 

Piano Concerto No. 5, Op. 55

24:26  
  in G major - in G-Dur - en sol majeur  
21 I Allegro con brio 5:14
22 II Moderato ben accentuato 4:04
23 III Toccata. Allegro con fuoco 1:57
24 IV Larghetto 7:19
25 V Vivo 5:39
   
 Boris Berman piano
 Neeme Jarvi
  7-12 May 1990 (Nos 2 & 3), 8-12 May 1989 (Nos 1, 4 & 5)  
“As a package, their claims are strong, both artistically and in terms of recording quality,” awarded three stars by Penguin Guide. The Guardian wrote, “No one is more warmly dramatic in Prokofiev than Jarvi, making his issues consistently recommendable.”

As part of our on-going re-issue of Neeme Jarvi’s famous Prokofiev Chandos now re-releases The Piano Concertos performed by Boris Berman and Horacio Gutiérrez with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

This has proved to be a very popular set in the past, and is now priced at one full price CD.



“As a package, their claims are strong, both artistically and in terms of recording quality,” awarded three stars by Penguin Guide. The Guardian wrote, “No one is more warmly dramatic in Prokofiev than Jarvi, making his issues consistently recommendable.”

As part of our on-going re-issue of Neeme Jarvi’s famous Prokofiev Chandos now re-releases The Piano Concertos performed by Boris Berman and Horacio Gutiérrez with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

"Berman is incisive in Prokofiev’s Concertos No’s 1, 4 and 5 ….the highlight of this set is Guitièrrez’s hair-raising playing in Concertos No’s 2 and 3. Terrific orchestral support."

Tim Parry

BBC Music Magazine - August 2009

“Storming Prokofiev reissues that brim with thrilling virtuosity and musicianship.
Here, in brilliantly refreshed sound is a reissue of Prokofiev’s five piano concertos. The performance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under the superb direction of Neeme Järvi are shared between Horacio Guitièrrez and Boris Berman….both pianists show themselves gloriously in sympathy with Prokofiev’s idiom. Indeed, Gutièrrez unleashes some of the most thrilling virtuosity on record, storming the Second Concerto’s first movement development/cadenza in a manner that will make lesser pianists tremble. He is no less stunning in the less obviously demanding Third Concerto where once again his ebullience is complemented by flawless technique and musicianship. Berman may off less supercharged vitality but all three of his performances alternate poise and exuberance to a most stylish and musical degree. Again, his way with the Fourth Concerto is so finely tuned  that it makes what is arguably the weakest of the concertos a scintillating success. Järvi works hand in glove with his soloists and the result is a triumph. No record collection of the complete concertos, whether deleted or available comes within distance of this."

*** Re-issue of the Month ***                *** Editor’s Choice ***

Bryce Morrison

Gramophone - September 2009

Berman is incisive in Prokofiev’s concertos Nos 1, 4 and 5, but the highlight of this set is Horacia Gutierrez’s hair-raising playing in concertos Nos 2 and 3. Terrific orchestral support.
BBC Music Magazine



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