The presence on stage of the great Ernest Ansermet plus the contribution of two notable soloists as Ruggiero Ricci and Julius Katchen make of this album, a wise choice.
First and foremost, Ruggiero Ricci is in his element with these two brilliant masterpieces of violin repertoire of the XX Century. His intonation, virile lyricism, dark poetry and incadescent vitality illuminates the score of these Violin pieces with authoritative and steeled conviction. I have intended to find some other alternative choice in which concerns the whole impact emotive but until this date I haven't found it. The rapport between soloist, orchestra and conductor is out of this world.
Julius Katchen gives a brilliant resolution of one of the most demanding piano concertos of the literature for piano. His outstanding distinction, accurate fingering and absolute domain of the material will reserve for you another striking experience. Maybe you don't find the unreachable demoniac flair of...
As I am a fan of the soloists and the conductor, I very much enjoy these versions of the music They are somewhat warmer and lighter than the usual approach. I have other versions of these compositions that I also enjoy, but these are the ones I return to most often. I think you will find them very accessible. If you prefer Prokofiev with more gravitas, you may be a bit disappointed with these interpretations as they emphasize the composers more romantic qualities. If you like his tunes, you will enjoy these performances a great deal.
Australian Eloquence reissues that I have purchased consistently have been well done and provide a sonic experience that is better than previous issues of the same source material. The sound on this disc is excellent. Both fundamentals and harmonics are very realistic, and the stage image has very good depth, width, height, and focus.
In short, these are excellent performances by outstanding artists, that are reproduced in...
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