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Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Shelest, Muus, Janacek Philharmonic


Release Date: 06/24/2016 
Label:  Sorel Classics   Catalog #: 6   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Anna Shelest
Conductor:  Niels Muus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Pianist Anna Shelest was born in Kharkiv, Ukraine. She began studying piano at six years old, and later attended the Kharkiv Special Music School for Gifted Children, where she studied under Sergei Polusmiak and Gary Gelfgat. A multi-award winning artist, she won her first competition when she was only eleven at the Milosz Magin International Piano Competition. She has since gone on to win the Louisiana International Piano Competition, Kawai American Recording Contest, Bradshaw-Buono International Piano Competition New York, and many more. Recorded in the Czech Republic in 2014, this release features Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2. These works were written early on in Prokofiev’s career, and feature his virtuosic and wildly Read more dissonant style which caused his first leap into fame.

Review quote:

"Prokofiev, himself a virtuoso, wanted to make sure that the piano part stood out, and where he recesses the accompaniment or provides cadenzas and solo passages Shelest’s playing is very present in audio terms. Considering his ambition to be considered a Modernist the equal of Stravinsky, I think Prokofiev came closest in his concertos, one genre where Stravinsky wasn’t dominant. Prokofiev’s piano writing remains fresh and powerful to this day, and Shelest can be proud of her achievement in exploiting every gesture to its fullest. Slimline cardboard packaging, and very readable program notes." - Huntley Dent, Fanfare Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in D flat major, Op. 10 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Anna Shelest (Piano)
Conductor:  Niels Muus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1912; Russia 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 16 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Anna Shelest (Piano)
Conductor:  Niels Muus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913/1923; USSR 

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