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Ravel & Prokofiev: Piano Concertos (Francesco Tristano Schlimé)
Ravel, Piano Concerto in G
Prokofiev, Piano Concerto No. 5
Schlimé, 3 Improvisations
Mikhail Pletnev, conductor
Choc du monde de la Musique (July/Aug 2006)
Editor's Choice, Gramophone Magazine (September 2006)
Classical CD of the Week, The Daily Telegraph
Pentatone SACD

Acclaim for Ravel & Prokofiev: Piano Concertos (Francesco Tristano Schlimé)

Classical CD of the Week
"Schlimé brings flair, care and imagination, matched by the crisp, translucent playing of the Russian National Orchestra conducted by one of his mentors, Mikhail Pletnev. The Ravel slow movement has a languorous, veiled quality, and there is plenty of dynamism and smoky colouring elsewhere. Prokofiev's fusion of robust angularity and nostalgic lyricism sparks a performance of terrific verve. "

The Daily Telegraph (September 2006)

"The fidelity, clarity and impact of Schlimé's SACD version makes [previous recordings] sound dull and opaque in comparison. [Schlime] also puts a knowing twist on the jazzier passages of the Ravel."

Audiophile Audition (June 2006)

"Glittering performances of Ravel's Concerto in G, and the most challenging (for listeners) of Prokofiev's piano concertos, No. 5. The CD also contains the pianist's improvisations (Reveal, Progression and Return) "naturally based on the concertos by Ravel and Prokofiev"... Schlimé's interest in jazz is apparent throughout. "

Classical CD Review (May 2006)

"The performances are unforced and poetic…and the exceptionally fine-grained recording underlines atmospheric delicacy... Schlime and Pletnev's slight softening of the edges is attractive, and the hybrid CD provides velvety sound of demonstration quality."

Chicago Tribune (April 2006)

What They’re Saying

"[The] American-Russian Festival Orchestra, featuring distinguished players from the Russian National Orchestra and a number of prominent American orchestras...[conveys] a vital message to our participants and observers, that by working together we can share our musical and historical cultures and increase our understanding of one another."

Athena T. Blackburn

Founding board member, Festival Napa Valley