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
Purchase via RNO Pentatone Music iTunes

Reviews

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!

Diapason

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.

Audiophile Audition

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.

Gramophone

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...

What They’re Saying

"To present American and Russian musicians performing and teaching together at Festival Napa Valley...is precisely the kind of effort that sustains vital cultural links...at a critical time for both societies. [This] resonates with the public [and] is meaningful for the musician participants...Cultural diplomacy and music offer alternatives to contention and sustain important linkages between our societies for the long run...Now more than ever we need viable citizen-to-citizen points of contact and dialogue."

James F. Collins (Ambassador Ret.)

Senior Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace