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In Reply to: RE: Two Substantial New Releases: Prokofiev Piano Concertos and Strauss' Ein Held posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on June 01, 2017 at 08:35:12
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.
View YouTube Video
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!
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