Prokofiev: Piano Concertos (Piano Concertos 2 & 3/ Piano Sonata 2) (Andrew Litton/ Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/ Freddy Kempf) (BIS: BISSACD1820)
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Freddy Kempf's 2003 Prokofiev solo recital was described as 'a superb disc' in Gramophone, whose critic went on to write: 'Kempf is joyfully exuberant, flashing through every savage challenge with the assurance and instinct of a born virtuoso.'
Kempf, Litton and the Bergen PO now join forces in an all-Prokofiev programme that includes the most popular of his five piano concertos, namely the Third, a spontaneous work, vigorous and melodic in turns and full of striking material presented in a typical Prokofiev manner. This is coupled with the Second Piano Concerto, which Prokofiev himself premiered in 1913, shocking the audience with its modernistic sounds and jagged rhythms.