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Prokofiev: The Two Violin Concertos
Sergei Prokofiev
Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major Op. 19
Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor Op. 63
Sonata for Violin Solo in D major, Op.115
Arabella Steinbacher, Violin
Vasily Petrenko, conductor
PTC 5186395 (2012)

Acclaim for Prokofiev: The Two Violin Concertos

"Vasily Petrenko directs the Russian National Orchestra with his customary precision, launching the earlier concerto to rapt effect and providing jewel-like instrumental backcloth underpinned by high-definition bass-lines... the sonic effect is spellbinding... "

Gramophone (March 2013)

"Steinbacher's performance of the violin concertos is equally spirited and on-point; she really flashes through the scherzo of the First Concerto and perfectly captures that wistful reflectiveness that graces both concerti... [Petrenko] gets excellent responsiveness from the Russian National Orchestra. PentaTone serves up a recording typical of its work with this orchestra: the perspective is thrillingly close-up, presenting bigger-than-life sound and transients that sizzle but are very much in-your-face... a very recommendable recording."

Audiophile Audition (December 2012) [more]

"Steinbacher and Petrenko are very comfortable together... delivering a harmonious and refined performance loaded with meaning, and finely balanced. The sonority of Steinbacher's playing radiates rare colors."

Diapason (October 2012)

"...this superb Prokofiev disk combines the two Prokofiev concertos along with the sonata for solo violin. [Steinbacher's] secure intonation is apparent in this demanding music... She has the advantage of a perfect accompaniment from the [RNO] under Vasily Petrenko... A fine release!"

Classical CD Review (October 2012) [more]

What They’re Saying

"Everything is exquisitely played by the Russian National Orchestra, whose refinement has opened a new chapter in Russian orchestral playing."