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Not a big fan of Gergiev, but Musicweb critic seems to like his Strauss. His other Munich releases haven't gone over very well.
Petrenko and the Liverpool in Prokofiev seems like a good bet, especially recording-wise. I'm not familiar with Trpceski at all.
Anyone hear these yet?
and I am not quite warmed up to Petrenko's Shosty pieces. That said, I am going to give Prokofiev a shot.
Yes, outside the Iron Curtain I prefer Wigglesworth to Petrenko in Shosty so far, though Petrenko's Liverpool 8th is up next.
I imprinted on Cliburn's Prokofiev 3rd and still like it: all the chords in the swirling final pages are made to sound, but not at the expense of energy. I also like Cliburn's poetry in the reflective section of the 1st movt.
This 1966 recording with Graffman/Szell + Cleveland is just about my ideal for this score. Followed by Argerich/Abbado.
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Cliburn/CSO set isn't intense enough for my taste.
It's available at HDTT>
Don't get me wrong, I like intensity and bite in Prokofiev too, (Gaffigan's current symphony cycle is too soft-edged for me in those respects), but I also like artists sensitive to the more introspective moments.
I'll definitely be listening to your youtube vid tonight with earbuds and hope like it enough to pick up tape transfer.
is important, but I go for a max saturation for a Prokofiev 3.
Szell provides excitement as well as beautifully delineated harmonic structure. He really surprised me here cuz, I didn't think he'll be good for this sort of tune.. This is more emotionally charged than Kondrashin/Janis set. Graffman's articulation is even more laser sharp than Janis. Cool and collected but I hear he's a lot more in tune with the band and he's not afraid to let it go a bit to show Prokofiev's manic side which makes the music even more colourful.
I also think that Szell's fastidious direction works well on Prokofiev's idiosyncratic personality.
I am not surprised if you wouldn't go for Graffman. Very different style from Cliburn. Interestingly, I can hear a bit of graffman in Yuja!
Listened to the Prokofiev 3rd on Apple Music. Pretty good (and good recording, too). I was disappointed in the first two Gergiev releases (Mahler and Bruckner), but I will give this one a listen on either Tidal or Apple Music.
People rave about the Janis on Mercury but I've always felt he doesn't have a feel for the more "celestial" elements of the 3rd.
As for myself, I try to avoid this kind of language because, frankly, I have no idea at all what most of it means as it relates to the music. Certainly, "celestial" is not a word I think of in connection with the Prokofiev Third Concerto. And you can count me among those who rave about the Janis recording. The Cliburn sounded relatively sedate and "safe" when I last heard it - qualities I'm certainly not looking for in this concerto. At the same time, I admit that I haven't heard the Cliburn recording in many years.
The youtube clip below is set to start at the point to which I was referring. For better or for worse, I can't get Cliburn's delicate playing and Hendl's pacing, balance, (muted trumpet, shimmering strings) and cresc/diminuendi out of my head when listening to other performances.
Love the chord progressions.
His Don Juan is a buck fifty at presto. Should tell me what I need to know!
And yet, his Mahler Resurrection and Bruckner Romantic albums did appear on a couple of "best of the year" lists in 2016. I suppose you could say that everybody's a critic these days, so every recording ever issued is bound to appear on somebody's list somewhere! ;-)
(And I'll say again that the vast majority of his Mariinsky Label and LSO Live recordings I've heard sound marvelous to me!)
Anyway, I haven't heard any of those Gergiev/Munich recordings yet - I can't seem to find them in anything beyond 2-channel 24/44.1. Regarding Trpceski, I have his old (debut?) recording of knuckle busters from 2003 (Wow! - Has he been around that long?) - fantastic performances of the Pletnev transcriptions of pieces from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker in particular!
OK, but the above is a bit of a 'romantic' revelation, IMNSHO.
And his Mahler No. 2 by with the same band ain't bad either!
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