Prokofiev - Piano Concertos 2 & 5 | Ondine ODE12882

Prokofiev - Piano Concertos 2 & 5

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Label: Ondine

Cat No: ODE12882

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 8th September 2017

Contents

Artists

Olli Mustonen (piano)
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Hannu Lintu

Works

Prokofiev, Sergei

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

Artists

Olli Mustonen (piano)
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Hannu Lintu

About

This is the second and final disc in a cycle of Sergei Prokofiev’s piano concertos with pianist Olli Mustonen and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hannu Lintu. Of the first volume, Gramophone wrote: 'How many times have I regretted a shortage of fantasy, flair and fairy-tale imagination in recordings of the Prokofiev piano concertos? Well, here is a disc that takes all those qualities to the top'.

Upon reading the score of the Second Piano Concerto before its premiere, composer Nikolay Miaskovsky wrote to Prokofiev: 'When I was reading through your concerto tonight, lying in bed, I went almost crazy with admiration: I jumped and cried out, so that if I had neighbours, they’d have probably thought I’d gone mad'. Prokofiev wrote this magical work just before World War I. The original score was destroyed during the Russian revolution, and Prokofiev had to re-write the concerto in 1923. Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No.5 is completely different in nature from its predecessors. A stylistic change towards simplicity is evident in the work. Although Prokofiev considered naming the work 'Music for Piano and Orchestra' he produced in the end a challenging concerto that tests any soloist’s technique. Prokofiev himself gave the first performance in Berlin on 31 October 1932.

Pianist Olli Mustonen has recorded many works with Ondine, including Respighi’s Concerto in modo Misolidio with Sakari Oramo and the Finnish Radio Symphony and a critically acclaimed disc of Scriabin’s solo piano music. Recent recordings by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Hannu Lintu on Ondine have been a fruitful collaboration, gathering excellent reviews in the international press.

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