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Vladimir Ashkenazy - Prokofiev: Piano Concertos (1997)

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Vladimir Ashkenazy - Prokofiev: Piano Concertos (1997)

Vladimir Ashkenazy - Prokofiev: Piano Concertos (1997)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:06:15 | 565 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | Catalog: 452588

During the 1970s, Vladimir Ashkenazy recorded virtually the entire standard piano repertoire, largely successfully. Then he turned to conducting, at which he's steadily become more successful. Although his initial efforts on the podium were not greeted with universal acclaim, you've got to respect the fact that he moved onto something new rather than attempting to revisit the same music again and risk not doing it nearly as well. Among his complete editions was this set of Prokofiev piano concertos, and they are among the best things that he did. At two discs for the price of one, it's a fine way to acquire all of these exciting works.

Yuja Wang - The Berlin Recital: Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Ligeti, Prokofiev (2018)

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Yuja Wang - The Berlin Recital: Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Ligeti, Prokofiev (2018)

Yuja Wang - The Berlin Recital: Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Ligeti, Prokofiev (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 225 Mb | Total time: 65:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 4836280 | Recorded: 2018

Yuja Wang is one of the most technically astounding pianists of our time, with a command of the keyboard matched by sheer muscular strength. Here she turns her attention to Russia and some of its leading pianist-composers. The Rachmaninoff Preludes and Études-Tableaux are rich and swirl with passion, while Scriabin’s Tenth Sonata, a work of mystical imaginings, seethes with dangerous life under her fingers. Briefly looking further afield, a group of Hungarian composer György Ligeti’s tiny Études diverts the attention magically before Prokofiev’s Eighth Piano Sonata, his masterpiece in the form, which Wang characterizes with genuine originality and imagination.

Sviatoslav Richter - Rimsky-Korsakov, Glazunov, Prokofiev: Piano Concertos (Sviatoslav Richter Melodiya Edition, Vol. 8) (1995)

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Sviatoslav Richter - Rimsky-Korsakov, Glazunov, Prokofiev: Piano Concertos (Sviatoslav Richter Melodiya Edition, Vol. 8) (1995)

Sviatoslav Richter - Rimsky-Korsakov, Glazunov, Prokofiev: Piano Concertos (Sviatoslav Richter Melodiya Edition, Vol. 8) (1995)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 57:01 | 334 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Melodiya | Catalog: 29468

These early recordings (1950-52) were made while Sviatoslav Richter was still playing this kind of virtuoso Russian music, an area he largely abandoned later in his life. If you enjoy the trivial Rimsky and Glazunov concertos, you'll get a real kick out of the colorful virtuosity of these performances, pretty well conveyed by the recordings although they don't really do justice to Richter's tone. But Richter did make another recording of the Prokofiev, with Karel Ancerl, which is currently available on Supraphon and has a much better orchestra. In either case, the pianist gives this insouciant music all the juice it needs.

Celibidache in Rehearsal and Performance - Dvořák: Symphony No.9; Prokofiev: Symphony No.1 (2011/1988,1991)

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Celibidache in Rehearsal and Performance - Dvořák: Symphony No.9; Prokofiev: Symphony No.1 (2011/1988,1991)

Celibidache in Rehearsal and Performance - Dvořák: Symphony No.9; Prokofiev: Symphony No.1 (2011/1988,1991)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 6.00 Gb (DVD9) | 114 min
Classical | EuroArts | Subtitles: English, Francais, Espanol

Sergiu Celibidache (1912-1996) has been called a musical giant, a magician, a brilliant lion-tamer and an enfant terrible of classical music. He was a legend in his own lifetime, mesmerizing orchestras audiences and critics with his intensity and brilliance. Celibidache himself claimed that not a single French conductor was capable of conducting French music - a bold statement that makes this recording even more interesting. This DVD shows most of what made Celibidache a legend in his own lifetime and offers todays viewer to participate in the musical wonders he produced.

Martha Argerich - Prokofiev, Bartok: Piano Concertos (1998)

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Martha Argerich - Prokofiev, Bartok: Piano Concertos (1998)

Martha Argerich - Prokofiev, Bartok: Piano Concertos (1998)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:10:12 | 304 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: 7243556654

Martha Argerich’s return to the studios in two concertos she has not previously recorded is an uplifting moment. As always with this most mercurial of virtuosos, her playing is generated very much by the mood of the moment, and those who heard her in Prokofiev’s First Concerto with Muti at London’s Royal Festival Hall some years ago – a firestorm of a performance – may well be surprised at her relative geniality with Dutoit. Her entire reading is less hard-driven than from, say, Richter or Gavrilov, her opening arguably more authentically brioso than ferocious, her overall view a refreshingly fanciful view of Prokofiev’s youthful iconoclasm.

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Tugan Sokhiev - Sergey Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5; Scythian Suite (2016)

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Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Tugan Sokhiev - Sergey Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5; Scythian Suite (2016)

Sergey Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5; Scythian Suite (2016)
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Tugan Sokhiev, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 298 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 160 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 88875185152 | Time: 01:07:42

Gramophone Magazine Editor's Choice - June 2016. Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony was conceived in the Soviet Union as World War II was still raging. He gave out in a statement at the time that he intended it as "a hymn to free and happy Man, to his mighty powers, his pure and noble spirit." He added "I cannot say that I deliberately chose this theme. It was born in me and clamoured for expression. The music matured within me. It filled my soul." Prokofiev originally wrote the Scythian Suite for the Sergei Diaghilev ballet Ala i Lolli, the story of which takes place among the Scythians. After Diaghilev called for a change of plan before the score was complete, the Prokofiev reworked the music into a suite for concert performance.

Kirill Kondrashin, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphony No.13; Prokofiev: October (2014)

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Kirill Kondrashin, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphony No.13; Prokofiev: October (2014)

Kirill Kondrashin, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphony No.13 ‘Babi Yar’ Op.113; Prokofiev: October, Cantata Op.74 (excerpts) (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 410 Mb | Total time: 79:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Praga Digitals ‎| # DSD 350 089 | Recorded: 1962, 1966

A historic version of the patriotic October cantata by Prokofiev plus only the second public performance of Shostakovich's 13th Symphony on December 20, 1962, using the original text by Yevtushenko, which pays tribute to murdered Jews in the Ukrainian ravine of Babi Yar.

Valery Gergiev, Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre - The Mariinsky II Opening Gala 2013 [Blu-ray]

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Valery Gergiev, Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre -  The Mariinsky II Opening Gala 2013 [Blu-ray]

Valery Gergiev, Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre - The Mariinsky II Opening Gala 2013 [Blu-ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 18066 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 121 min | 19,2 Gb
Audio: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 121 min | 7,22 Gb
Audio: PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: English

The Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg is one of the most prestigious opera and ballet venues in the world. Built in 1860 and named in honour of Maria Alexandrovna of Hesse-Darmstadt, wife of Czar Alexander II, it is home to the famous Mariinsky Ballet as well as numerous international stars and ensembles. After the turn of the millennium it was painstakingly restored; and since 2013, St. Petersburg's Theatre Square has been crowned with the "Mariinsky II" an imposing new arts and performance venue. At its inauguration on May 2, 2013, the highly gifted conductor Valery Gergiev led a veritable who's who of the classical music world.

Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Järvi - Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 (1985)

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Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Järvi - Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 (1985)

Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Järvi - Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 (1985)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 59:12 | 291 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos Records | Catalog: CHAN8401

That these symphonies are not more famous than they are simply amazes me. Prokofiev understood the nature of symphonic writing, and after the dainty cuteness of Symphony 1, he was ready to make his own mark. The Symphony 3 (1929) begins with a brash sense of alarm, then becomes quieter, more operatic in nature. And the composer's weird clashing harmonies are throughout the piece. Two versions of the Symphony 4 (1940) exist. This is the original version, which is shorter than the latter 1940 version. Neeme Järvi and the SNO have recorded the entire series for Chandos, and these are the ones to have.

Sviatoslav Richter - Weber, Brahms, Prokofiev (1991)

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Sviatoslav Richter - Weber, Brahms, Prokofiev (1991)

Sviatoslav Richter - Weber, Brahms, Prokofiev (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 223 Mb | Total time: 63:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Label: Ermitage | ERC CD 12009-2 | Recorded: 1966

Richter, when he was 46 years old, played in the United States, where all the great pianists of the day were known. Yet the arrival of Richter left them all astonished. Astonished before a greatness rich in novelty, excess, and defects. Many scholars saw Richter as a crazy genius who couldn't be taken entirely seriously. Many critics and a part of the public had to make the note easy effort of changing their parameters of judgment. Some critics, and the majority of the public were overwhelmed by the effects of that mysterious power we call charisma. And so Richter became Richter. On this release are beautiful masterpieces, the history of pianism at its finest.

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Myung-Whun Chung - Sergei Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet - Highlights (1994) [Re-Up]

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Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Myung-Whun Chung - Sergei Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet - Highlights (1994) [Re-Up]

Sergei Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet - Highlights (1994)
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, conducted by Myung-Whun Chung

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 228 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 146 Mb | Scans ~ 54 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 439 870-2 | Time: 01:03:22

Rather than play any single complete suite (of the three) that Prokofiev extracted from the complete ballet, Myung-Whun Chung makes his own selection of numbers, roughly following the plot line and including music representative of all the major characters. Although some other collections offer more music, this hour of Romeo and Juliet makes a satisfying presentation on its own. What makes the performance special is the spectacular playing of the Dutch orchestra. Frankly, it's never been done better. From the whiplash virtuosity of the violins to the bite of the trombones and the firm thud of the bass drum, this is the sound the composer must have dreamed of.

A Piano Evening with Martha Argerich - Prokofiev, Schumann, Beethoven (2011/2005)

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A Piano Evening with Martha Argerich - Prokofiev, Schumann, Beethoven (2011/2005)

A Piano Evening with Martha Argerich - Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1, Piano Concerto No. 1; Schumann: Violin Sonata No. 1; Beethoven: Triple Concerto (2011/2005)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 5 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 5.46 Gb (DVD9) | 87 min
Classical | Arthaus Musik

The TDK DVD is designed as a showcase for Martha Argerich, recorded live at La Rogue d’Anthéon Piano Festival, but although she dazzles in the coupled Prokofiev, she is very much part of a team in the Beethoven Triple Concerto and indeed in the expressive slow movement it is the cellist Gautier Capuçon whose solo remains in the memory. Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky, his hair flying, energetically directs vital accounts of the outer movements, with a spontaneous accelerando at the very end of the work…the camera involves the listener compellingly inside the music-making.