Thiemo Wind - de Telegraaf (Netherlands) - 28 June 2014
Repertoire ****½ (Very Good/Outstanding) Sound ***½ (Good/Very Good)
Ingo Harden - Fono Forum magazine (Germany) - May 2014
“…This is a release that effectively sets the standard for 21st-century Prokofiev interpretation.”
Colin Clarke – International Piano magazine – May/June 2014
"...Splendidly presented by Chandos this set sports an exemplary booklet essay by David Nice. The performer’s note by soloist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet is a real bonus. Using the BBC Philharmonic’s studio at MediaCity UK, Salford the ever reliable Chandos team have excelled combining clear and well-balanced sound with a realistic presence. In short this is an indispensable set for Prokofiev admirers and all enthusiasts of 20th century music."
Michael Cookson - MusicWeb-International.com - 22 April 2014
*** (Good Album) *** (Good Sound)
Stéphane Friédérich – Classica magazine (France) – April 2014
"... he [Bavouzet] is most sucessful in the knotty Left hand Concerto (No 4), he actually betters Richter in the Fifth ... this disc does boast the best orchestral support these concertos have received in recent years - the BBC Phil and Noseda push the music to unheard-of levels." ****
Marius Dawn - Pianist magazine - April/May 2014
“… he [Bavouzet] plays these challenging works brilliantly, with crisp clarity, flair and style … Gianandrea Noseda … draws inspired, colorful playing from the excellent BBC Philharmonic.”
Anthony Tommasini – The New York Times – 12 March 2014
"...Forget the competition, this is the cycle to have ..."
David Denton - The Yorkshire Post - 21 February 2014
Recording of the Month - Editors Choice
“…Throughout, Bavouzet displays a light touch and laudable levels of physical stamina, with a firm grasp of the very different personalities of each piece. Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic perform like soulmates for the duration, and with superb notes by Prokofiev scholar David Nice as part of the deal, you can hardly go wrong.”
Rob Cowan – Gramophone magazine – March 2014
Classical Album of the Week
“…Chandos’s recording is typically excellent, and the BBC Philharmonic under Gianandrea Noseda accompanies diligently. .. a set to have.” ****
David Mellor – The Mail on Sunday – 2 March 2014
Album of the Week
“…a top recommendation for the rarely heard G minor No 2, and the strange B flat major No 4 for left hand … Gianandrea Noseda and the BBC Phillies are ideal partners in this enterprising set, which should win friends for these less familiar works.”
Hugh Canning – The Sunday Times (Culture magazine) – 2 March 2014
Performance **** Recording ***
“Following Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and Gianandrea Noseda’s superlative Bartók Concerto cycle here are their attention-grabbing interpretations of Prokofiev’s characterful five of that genre. With Bavouzet’s lively temperament allied with Noseda’s fierce attention to detail, no listener will come to these performances without hearing something new in these works…”
Daniel Jaffé – BBC Music magazine – March 2014
"... Strongly recommended ..."
David Gutman - International Record Review - February 2014
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