Prokofiev: The Two Violin Concertos
Classical CD Review
...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!
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.
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.
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...