Ravel & Prokofiev: Piano Concertos (Francesco Tristano Schlimé)
Choc du monde de la Musique (July/Aug 2006)
Classical CD of the Week, The Daily Telegraph
Editor's Choice, Gramophone Magazine (September 2006)
Classical CD Review
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.
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.
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.
The Daily Telegraph
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.