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Prokofiev: Piano Concertos 1, 3 & 5 / Bronfman, Mehta


Release Date: 08/10/1993 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 52483   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Yefim Bronfman
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The subtleties are so persuasive and the entire approach so considered, you will be revelling in every note of the music.

The opening of the First Concerto rather sits back on its haunches in this performance, and for all the subtle virtues of Bronfman's playing there is little of the blood-on-the-keys fanatical edge that would make you sit up and take notice.

But that is not the abiding impression of this issue. For one thing the subtleties are so persuasive, the articulation so clean and the entire approach so considered and idiomatic that Bronfman starts to convince on his own terms. The finale of the Third Concerto won me over completely; from its rabbits-out-of-the-hat opening to its tintinnabulating
Read more conclusion it is simply bursting with life and colour. And Mehta and the orchestra, hitherto rather passive-sounding, are sparked into action—hear the trombones at the clinching of C major in the final pages.

The Fifth Concerto is also a triumph. Bronfman's way with the lolloping second movement is as enthralling as Ashkenazy's more garish extremes, and although Previn and the LSO constantly outdo their Israel counterparts for pointed characterization, the new recording had me revelling in every note of the music.

-- Gramophone [12/1993]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in D flat major, Op. 10 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Yefim Bronfman (Piano)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1912; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/1991 
Venue:  Mann Auditorium, Tel Aviv, Israel 
Length: 15 Minutes 7 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 26 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Yefim Bronfman (Piano)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917-1921; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/1991 
Venue:  Mann Auditorium, Tel Aviv, Israel 
Length: 27 Minutes 33 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 5 in G major, Op. 55 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Yefim Bronfman (Piano)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931-1932; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 10/1991 
Venue:  Mann Auditorium, Tel Aviv, Israel 
Length: 22 Minutes 47 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Allegro brioso - Poco più mosso - Tempo primo
Meno mosso
Andante assai
Allegro scherzando - Poco più sostenuto
I. Andante - Allegro
II. Tema con variazioni: Tema. Andantino
Var. 1. L'istesso tempo
Var. 2. Allegro
Var. 3. Allegro moderato (poco meno mosso)
Var. 4. Andantino meditativo
Var. 5. Allegro giusto
Tema. L'istesso tempo
III. Allegro ma non troppo
I. Allegro con brio
II. Moderato ben accentuato
III. Toccata. Allegro con fuoco (piu presto che la prima volta)
IV. Larghetto
V. Vivo

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