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    Prokofiev wrote five brilliant piano concertos with highly virtuosic piano parts. Just wondering which ones you go for, both as individual recordings and also as a set of five. The set by Bromfman is terrific with not a dud performance and it includes all the sonatas. Individual performances might surpassed some of these but it is a great bargain.

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    Ashkenazy on LP, Toradze on CD. Works for me.

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    Picked this up a while back. I also have some individual recordings.

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    I have the Ashkenazy/Previn/LSO on a Decca 2CD. Brilliant performances all. Wouldn't trade any of them. Though I know Martha Argerich has played a couple of them, and I really want to hear her performances. Sviatoslav Richter gave the definitive performance of the 5th concerto for DG as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    I have the Ashkenazy/Previn/LSO on a Decca 2CD. Brilliant performances all. Wouldn't trade any of them. Though I know Martha Argerich has played a couple of them, and I really want to hear her performances. Sviatoslav Richter gave the definitive performance of the 5th concerto for DG as well.
    The Argerich Third with Abbado is great. I first heard this piece (or excerpts from it) in the movie "The Competition." I also have her playing the 1st with Dutoit. Haven't listened to it as much.

    I have Janis playing the 1st and 3rd on a Mercury CD.

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    This thread is a great reminder. I know #1, #2 (a favorite, Wang). and #3 (another favorite, Argerich). But I can't recall listening to #s 4 and 5. Will remedy this!


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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    This thread is a great reminder. I know #1, #2 (a favorite, Wang). and #3 (another favorite, Argerich). But I can't recall listening to #s 4 and 5. Will remedy this!
    4 is a concerto for the left hand alone, but I think it's neglected compared to Ravel's left hand concerto. It's pretty good, I think. I've only heard it once. It's certainly less often played than 2 or 3.

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    I'm more a fan of Nos.2 and 3 than of the others, No.2 being one of my favourite Piano Concertos, something that I have been delighted to discover is not a weird or eccentric opinion.

    I bought the Bronfman set for the Sonatas, but he's equally as good in the Concertos; a very fine set. But Ashkenazy has always been a favourite. That said, this one is "surprisingly good" (as in it's on Naxos so it can't be that good - see Naxos-snobbery comments elsewhere )

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    I have the set of Michel Beroff and Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig under Masur. The third is my favourite, followed by the second and fifth.
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    The John Browning recordings under Leinsdorf are special.

    And available on the cheap side.






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    @OP. I haven’t heard the Bronfman but will certainly try and find it. I was fortunate to hear him perform live many years ago and remember being quite impressed with his technique. For a complete set I would recommend Krainev Kitaenko Frankfurt as a solid choice. But these are my favourite individual recordings.

    1 - Argerich Dutoit
    2 - Wang Dudamel
    3 - Argerich Abbado
    4 - Fleisher Ozawa
    5 - Richter Wowicki

    Also some excellent recent recordings of the 2nd: Rana Pappano, Zhang Slobodeniouk (a more intimate approach)
    And in the 3rd: Graffman Szell, Matsuev Gergiev (flashy), Lugansky Nagano, Katchen Kertesz, Argerich Dutoit etc.

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    For the oft recorded no 3 there are fantastic performances by

    Argerich
    Graffmann
    Janis

    For no 5 there is of course Richter. Nuf said!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CnC Bartok View Post
    I'm more a fan of Nos.2 and 3 than of the others, No.2 being one of my favourite Piano Concertos, something that I have been delighted to discover is not a weird or eccentric opinion.

    I bought the Bronfman set for the Sonatas, but he's equally as good in the Concertos; a very fine set. But Ashkenazy has always been a favourite. That said, this one is "surprisingly good" (as in it's on Naxos so it can't be that good - see Naxos-snobbery comments elsewhere )

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    The Paik is very highly regarded by one and all
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    Paik/Wit/Polish is going on the list for sure. I am a fan of many recordings by Antoni Wit and his Polish National RSO, I have little doubt these are good recordings. But I'm seriously blown away by Askhenazy at the moment. Really great stuff.

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    The Bronfman/Mehta and Beroff/Masur are probably my two favorite sets overall. But I haven't seen a mention of the Toradze/Gergiev set, which features broader and more muscular readings and makes a nice contrast to those two.



    For individual recordings, Horacio Gutiérrez and Neeme Järvi doing concertos 2 & 3 is excellent. Graffman and Szell for concertos 1 & 3, and of course Richter/Rowicki in No. 5.

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