Prom 14: Prokofiev - The piano concertos
Recorded at the BBC Proms 2015, London Symphony Orchestra under Valery Gergiev with Daniil Trifonov, Sergei Babayan and Alexei Volodin play the complete Prokofiev piano concertos.
The pianists Daniil Trifonov, Sergei Babayan and Alexei Volodin join the LSO and Valery Gergiev to perform the complete Prokofiev Piano Concertos at the BBC Proms.
From the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Tom Service
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D flat major
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor Concerto
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 4 in B flat major
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 5 in G major
Daniil Trifonov (piano) (Concertos 1 & 3)
Sergei Babayan (piano) (Concertos 2 & 5)
Alexei Volodin (piano) (Concerto 4)
London Symphony Orchestra
Valery Gergiev conductor
All five Prokofiev piano concertos in one concert - it's a feat conductor Valery Gergiev achieved in 2012 at the Mariinsky and now brings to the Proms, along with three of his original pianists. It's a rare opportunity to hear three international soloists back-to-back, to compare styles and approaches, as well as to explore the composer's later, lesser-known concertos with their newly expressive tenderness. Daniil Trifonov, the prodigious young winner of the Tchaikovsky and Chopin Competitions, shares the bill with his teacher Sergei Babayan, while Alexei Volodin tackles the rarely heard Fourth, commissioned, like Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, by the one-armed pianist Paul Wittgenstein.