Prokofiev - Piano Concertos 2 & 5 | Harmonia Mundi HMU807631

Prokofiev - Piano Concertos 2 & 5


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Label: Harmonia Mundi

Cat No: HMU807631

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 5th February 2016



Vadym Kholodenko (piano)
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra


Miguel Harth-Bedoya


Prokofiev, Sergei

Piano Concerto no.2 in G minor, op.16
Piano Concerto no.5 in G major, op.55


Vadym Kholodenko (piano)
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra


Miguel Harth-Bedoya


2013 Cliburn Gold Medalist Vadym Kholodenko became the first-ever 'Artist in Partnership' with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra beginning in 2014-15. Under the baton of Miguel Harth-Bedoya he opens his complete cycle of Prokofiev piano concertos with the 'dark-hued but dazzling' No.2 in G minor, coupled with the less familiar No.5 in G major.

“He rewarded the audience with a highly varied, consistently interesting and technically amazing performance” - Star Telgram, concert review


The fresh, robust sound of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under Miguel Harth-Bedoya, beautifully recorded here, is ravishing throughout … their easy habitation of these scores…is second nature … Vadym Kholodenko, gold medallist of the 2013 Cliburn, is at a stage in his career when his artistic maturation seems to burgeon from recording to recording. Here he is in his element, with forthright, lithe and virile performances …. [he] imbues this sprawling piece [5th Concerto] with a winning sense of athletic playfulness … meanwhile, Kholodenko takes to the considerably greater challenge of the Second Concerto like a duck to water. The titanic heft he brings to the Intermezzo adds a startling quirkiness to an overall original interpretation … for a heroic reading of singular power, Kholodenko and Harth-Bedoya can scarcely be beaten. The luxurious and exquisitely dimensional sound reproduction, combined with hand-in-glove ensemble and scrupulous attention to detail, makes this a remarkable release, one whose disclosures multiply with repeated listening.  Patrick Rucker
Gramophone March 2016
Kholodenko’s technique and phrasing bring a great clarity. He is not afraid to slow down and find a mystery and poetry often ridden roughshod over by others. His approach reveals much that is often lost in more overtly virtuosic performances. He ensures that the bolder, more dynamic passages receive due weight bringing a restrained virtuosity of his own … This is a really musical performance that is all the more revealing for its carefully restrained virtuosity … This is an impressive release from this partnership.  Bruce Reader
The Classical Reviewer 28 February 2016

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