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Prokofiev – Piano Concertos Nos 2 & 3

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-1820 SACD
Release date2010-01-26
Orig. sample rate44100Hz
Total time80:48

Classics Today 10/10: "These are fabulous performances"; Gramophone: Editor's Choice; BBC Music Magazine Double 5 Stars.

Separately, both Freddy Kempf and the team of Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra under Andrew Litton have recorded music by Prokofiev for BIS, resulting in highly acclaimed releases. Freddy Kempf's 2003 Prokofiev solo recital was described as 'a superb disc' in Gramophone, whose critic went on to write: 'Kempf is joyfully exuberant, flashing through every savage challenge with the assurance and instinct of a born virtuoso.' Four years later, the Bergen orchestra and Litton recorded the twenty movements from the composer's three Romeo and Juliet suites, performed in the order the music appears in the ballet score. The outcome of this original approach was widely praised, for instance by the reviewer on the German website Klassik Heute: "a European top orchestra and an American conductor with great insights into the Russian repertoire meet up, and the result is sparkling, colourful, ardent and with great presence." Kempf, Litton and the Bergen PO now join forces in an all-Prokofiev programme that includes the most popular of his five piano concertos, namely the Third, a spontaneous work, vigorous and melodic in turns and full of striking material presented in a typical Prokofiev manner. This is coupled with the Second Piano Concerto, which Prokofiev himself premièred in 1913, shocking the audience with its modernistic sounds and jagged rhythms. The original score was lost during the Russian Revolution and Prokofiev reconstructed the work in Paris in 1923. According to the composer himself, the new version was so completely rewritten that it almost constituted a new work. Between the two concertos Freddy Kempf performs the Second Piano Sonata, a key work in Prokofiev's development and full of striking and individual ideas.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Prokofiev, Sergei
  Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.16 31:28
01 I. Andantino – Allegretto 11:56 $ 2.51 USD
02 II. Scherzo. Vivace 02:26 $ 0.51 USD
03 III. Intermezzo. Allegro moderato 05:54 $ 1.24 USD
04 IV. Finale. Allegro tempestoso 11:12 $ 2.35 USD
  Piano Sonata No.2 in D minor, Op.14 18:07
05 I. Allegro, ma non troppo 06:47 $ 1.42 USD
06 II. Scherzo. Allegro marcato 02:06 $ 0.44 USD
07 III. Andante 04:40 $ 0.98 USD
08 IV. Vivace 04:34 $ 0.96 USD
  Piano Concerto No.3 in C major, Op.26 29:05
09 I. Andante – Allegro 09:37 $ 2.02 USD
10 II. Tema con variazioni 09:36 $ 2.02 USD
11 III. Allegro ma non troppo 09:52 $ 2.07 USD
  Album total 80:48
OrchestraBergen Philharmonic Orchestra
ConductorLitton, Andrew
PianoKempf, Freddy
ComposerProkofiev, Sergei

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