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Prokofiev: Piano Concertos No 2 & 3 / Evgeni Kissin

Release Date: 06/02/2009 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 64536   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Evgeny Kissin
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Dating form the composer's abrasive youth, just before the First World War, the concerto toys infuriatingly with atonality in the sese that it plants "wrong" intervals on the ear but scurries back to tonal chastity before the petting gets serious... This is an absorbing record, absolutely indispensable." -- Norman Lebrecht, Evening Standard [4/2009]

"It is a work that Evgeny Kissin has long had in his repertoire, and and on this fine recording he deploys his indomitable technique, muscle and dexterity to give a dazzling interpretation... The sparks of humour that the music emits are also pointed up in performances of virtuosity and spirit." 4 STARS **** -- Geoffrey Norris, The Daily Telegraph
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"Kissin has much of what Prokofiev's piano concertos need: percussive attack, springing clarity and the power to clobber an orchestra dead." -- Geoff Brown, The Times [5/2009]


For his third EMI Classics release, Evgeny Kissin has turned to repertoire from his native Russia, Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3. The performances were recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall in January 2008 with Vladimir Ashkenazy conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra. This is his first recording of Prokofiev’s Concerto No 2. Evgeny Kissin made his concerto debut in Russia at the age of ten and caused an international sensation three years later with the release of his recording of Chopin’s two piano concertos. Kissin proceeded to record the major concerto repertoire whilst still in his teenage years. In 2006 he recorded the Schumann A minor and Mozart C minor concertos for EMI Classics followed by the Beethoven Piano Concertos cycle with Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra, released in 2008 to popular and critical acclaim. These Prokofiev Concertos follow and there are plans to release Mozart Concertos Nos. 20 K466 in d minor and 27 K595 in B-flat Major with the Kremerata Baltica, directed by Kissin. The collaboration between Evgeny Kissin and Vladimir Ashkenazy is an inspired choice. In addition to his renown as a conductor, Russian-born Vladimir Ashkenazy is one of the finest pianists of his generation and a champion of the Russian piano repertoire. He has performed all five of Prokofiev’s piano concertos on many occasions. In 2000, he was named Conductor Laureate of the Philharmonia Orchestra.
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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 16 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Evgeny Kissin (Piano)
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913/1923; USSR 
Length: 32 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Concerto for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 26 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Evgeny Kissin (Piano)
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917-1921; USA 

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