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Prokofiev: 5 Piano Concertos Testament
Prokofiev: 5 Piano Concertos Testament

Prokofiev: 5 Piano Concertos Testament (CD)

Boston Symphony Orchestra

$49.95

When released by RCA in the late 1960s, this was the first complete set of Prokofiev's piano concertos to appear on disc. Over the years, the cycle gained near-legendary status and it's wonderful to have the performances available again on the Testament label.

The late and greatly-underrated American pianist John Browning is an eloquent advocate of these works. Throughout, he constantly underlines the lyrical, rather than purely virtuosic or sardonic, dimensions of the scores. He and Erich Leinsdorf clearly share a unified view of Prokofiev's language. In short: beautiful pianism and impeccable collaboration between soloist, conductor, and orchestra.


Prokofiev
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Erich Leinsdorf, conductor
John Browning, piano
Erick Friedman, violin

 

 

Track Listing:

Disc: 1 / 76:37

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D flat major, Op. 10
1. Allegro brioso (7'07)
2. Andante assai (4'21)
3. Allegro scherzando (4'30)


Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16
4. Andantino (10'50)
5. Scherzo - Vivace (2'36)
6. Intermezzo: Allegro moderato (6'51)
7. Allegro tempestoso (11'03)


Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26
8. Andante - Allegro (9'24)
9. Tema con variazioni (9'42)
10. Allegro ma non troppo (9'47)

Track Listing Disc: 2 / 66:56

Piano Concerto No. 4 in B flat major (for the left hand), Op. 53
1. Vivace (4'24)
2. Andante (9'17)
3. Moderato (7'03)
4. Vivace (1'38)


Piano Concerto No. 5 in G major, Op. 55
5. Allegro con brio (4'40)
6. Moderato ben accentuato (3'39)
7. Toccata: Allegro con fuoco (1'46)
8. Larghetto (7'28)
9. Vivo (4'54)


Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 1 with Erick Friedman
10. Andantino (9'29)
11. Scherzo vivacissimo (4'09)
12. Moderato (8.00)