Prokofiev - Symphony No.5, Piano Concerto No.3 | Mariinsky MAR0549

Prokofiev - Symphony No.5, Piano Concerto No.3

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Label: Mariinsky

Cat No: MAR0549

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 10th March 2014

Contents

Artists

Denis Matsuev (piano)
Mariinsky Orchestra

Conductor

Valery Gergiev

Works

Prokofiev, Sergei

Piano Concerto no.3 in C major, op.26
Symphony no.5 in B flat major, op.100

Artists

Denis Matsuev (piano)
Mariinsky Orchestra

Conductor

Valery Gergiev

About

The Mariinsky label presents the recording of two of Prokofiev’s most popular works, Piano Concerto No.3 and Symphony No.5. Denis Matsuev features as soloist, in this his fourth recording on the Mariinsky label. Since winning the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1998, Matsuev has established a reputation as one of Russia’s leading pianists and is renowned for his interpretations of Russian music.

Written at the height of World War II in 1944, Prokofiev’s 5th Symphony was intended as "a hymn to free and happy Man, to his mighty powers, his pure and noble spirit". The symphony’s character was inevitably determined by the time and circumstances of its composition. It would be a patriotic work, big, heroic and ultimately optimistic; it would be a symphony of mass appeal. "I thought of it as a work glorifying the human spirit", wrote Prokofiev.

Prokofiev wrote five piano concertos but it is his third that has gained the most popularity. It remains one of his most popular pieces and the qualities of clarity and vitality that appealed to the work’s original audiences are apparent almost immediately the work begins. It is no surprise this remains his most frequently performed piano concerto.

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