PROKOFIVEVPiano Concertos 1 - 5 / Ashkenazy 4525882
Ashkenazy at his best. From the opening nuanced statements of the first movement to the finale of the last, this is a masterclass in tone quality . . . [He shows] meticulous attention to dynamics and attack, plus faultless technique . . . [Piano Concerto no. 3]: Sensitive balancing between orchestra and piano brings a balletic lightness to the humour in the second movement and, in the more Romantically yearning episodes of the first and last movements, allows Prokofiev's lyricism to breathe. The LSO strings prove ideal partners in exposing the work's more expansive qualities, with Previn keeping a judicious reign on tempos.
. . . this cycle is subtle and expressive, and superbly engineered . . .