Magazine article Gramophone

Prokofiev's Concerto No 2: Earlier Recordings of Prokofiev's Second Piano Concerto, and How Gramophone Rated Them

Magazine article Gramophone

Prokofiev's Concerto No 2: Earlier Recordings of Prokofiev's Second Piano Concerto, and How Gramophone Rated Them

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OCTOBER 1975

Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 2

Ashkenazy pf LSO / Previn

Decca [3][LP] 15BB 218 (7.50 [pounds sterling] * nas)

In the first movement Ashkenazy is somewhat freer in approach than his rivals and I do not always find his rubato convincing. Others may feel differently, of course, and there are no doubts as to the commanding authority he brings to bear on this rewarding score. His Scherzo has tremendous brilliance and panache. I was at times worried by some inconsistences of tuning in the piano (there are some tired octaves) and the untamed bass resonance, but few would disagree that these blemishes diminish the pleasure this reading gives. Robert Layton

JANUARY 1976

Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 2

Bolet pf Cincinnati SO / Johnson

Turnabout [LP] TV34543S (1.50 [pounds sterling])

Jorge Bolet's account is new to the UK catalogue though it has been available abroad for many years. His first movement is both commanding and poetic, and the Scherzo shows no want of panache and brilliance; moreover he receives sensitive support from Thor Johnson and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra who prove far more alert and responsive than the Vienna orchestra who accompany Brendel. …

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