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_Mariinsky Label: Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 3, Symphony No 5

MAR0549

Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 3, Symphony No 5

Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 3, Symphony No 5

Valery Gergiev conductor
Denis Matsuev soloist

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. The recordings of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No 3 and Paganini Variations, Shostakovich Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2 and Tchaikovsky’s first two piano concertos, have all received widespread acclaim.

Written at the height of World War II in 1944, Prokofiev’s Symphony No 5 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 and critical acclaim. It still remains one of Prokofiev’s 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.

We are grateful to Yoko Ceschina for her generous support.

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Reviews

Classical CD Choice CD of the Month Classical CD Choice (UK)

****½ Performance **** Sonics

‘this generously filled SACD disc is essential listening.’ sa-cd.net (UK)

‘Denis Matsuev is dazzling wherever digital dexterity is required, which is everywhere, and it’s incredibly refreshing to hear a performance of the work at tempos under nine minutes for two out of the three movements–closer to the composer’s own version. Gergiev and Matsuev beautifully capture the brittle wit of the first movement’s second subject, with its dry castanets, and in the second movement the allegro giusto fifth variation is among the best you’ll hear.’ Classics Today (US)

"Sergei Prokofiev is one of the few composers whose most crowd-pleasing works are also among his best—and this recording has two of his most popular masterpieces, courtesy of the indefatigable conductor Valery Gergiev and Mariinsky Orchestra. Peerless Russian pianist Denis Matsuev scintillatingly plays the solo part in the masterly Third Piano Concerto, which combines dexterous technical workouts with those unforgettable melodies which came so easily to him. Gergiev also leads his forces through the Fifth Symphony, whose deft, light touch is anchored in brilliant orchestration.” Flip Side Reviews (US)

"Valery Gergiev never does anything by halves, and here he conducts the most highly charged and colourful Fifth Symphony ever placed on disc.” Yorkshire Post Music Critic (UK)

“The first movement is sweeping, big but not vast; Gergiev gives it time to build (which it needs) and imbues it with warmth.” Absolute Sound (US)

 

‘Denis Matsuev – Gergiev’s pianist of choice in such showpieces as Rachmaninoff’s Third Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s First – brings glowing romanticism as well as digital brilliance to Prokofiev’s Third Concerto.’ Listen (US)

Artists

Valery Gergiev conductor
Denis Matsuev
pianist
Mariinsky orchestra

Recording Details

SACD/digital MAR0549 822231854920

Duration 70m 38s
Recorded in 24bit PCM

Piano Concerto No 3 recorded June & October 2012 in the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia.
Symphony No 5 recorded April 2012 in the Moscow Conservatoire, during the Moscow Easter Festival

Producer, Editing, Engineering & Mastering Vladimir Ryabenko

5.0 surround and 2.0 stereo mixes on SACD layer
1SACD Jewelcase with 20pp booklet
Notes in Russian (Cyrillic), English, French and German
Compatible with all CD players

SACD layer includes multi-channel 5.0 and stereo mixes.

We are grateful to Yoko Ceschina for her generous support.

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