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In Reply to: RE: Two Substantial New Releases: Prokofiev Piano Concertos and Strauss' Ein Held posted by srl1 on June 01, 2017 at 18:01:16
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.
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