Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 3 & Sonata No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 28
Cleveland Orchestra, Gary Graffman & George Szell
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|1||Concerto No. 3 for Piano and Orchestra in C Major, Op. 26||George Szell, Gary Graffman & Cleveland Orchestra||--||$2.97||View in iTunes|
I. Andante - Allegro
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III. Allegro Ma non Troppo
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|2||Concerto No. 1 in D-Flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 10||George Szell, Gary Graffman & Cleveland Orchestra||--||$2.97||View in iTunes|
I. Allegro Brioso
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II. Andante Assai
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III. Allegro Scherzando
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||Sonata No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 28||Gary Graffman||7:06||$0.99||View in iTunes|
Unsurpassed, even after 44 years
Argerich, Kissin, Demidenko, Beroff, Krainev, you name 'em. No one since 1966 has managed to surpass this recorded version of the Third. Period. Buy others for more modern sound, or to catch your favorite pianist's take on it, but you will keep coming back to this recording. And the Third Sonata is simply in a class by itself.
one of the best
This was my first introduction to Prokofiev's piano music. There have been many fine recordings sense but I find myself still returning to this one. The spirit of the pieces, the tempi, the sense of playfulness and sarcasm are all fleshed out to it's fullest. This shows Graffmen and Szell at their finest.
Szell really was an outstanding conductor for Cleveland; it was under his reign that the orchestra reached its height. The famed precision of the orchestra is seen in candid display during the concertos, and although the orchestra for much of the pieces takes a background to the beautiful piano playing, they leave a solid foundation that the piano builds upon.
The pieces themselves are simply outstanding and moving to listen to, and I recommend that if you're curious about the Cleveland Orchestra at the beginning of its time at the top or want to hear some great piano playing, that this is the album for you.
Formed: 1918 in Cleveland, OH
Years Active: '10s, '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s