Ravel & Prokofiev: Piano Concertos (Francesco Tristano Schlimé)

Ravel, Piano Concerto in G
Prokofiev, Piano Concerto No. 5
Schlimé, 3 Improvisations
Mikhail Pletnev, conductor
Pentatone SACD
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Reviews

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.

Chicago Tribune

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.

Audiophile Audition

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.

What They’re Saying

"I saw the greatest orchestra in the world play Friday night. If you think that's hyperbole, ask anyone who was in Yardley Hall that night. The Russian National Orchestra is the Rolls-Royce of orchestras, no ordinary ensemble."

The Kansas City Star