Melodiya re-issue of Prokofiev's piano concertos with Krainev and Kitajenko
Russian record label Melodiya has just released a set of Prokofiev's piano concertos performed by Vladimir Krainev and the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Dmitrij Kitajenko. One of the brightest composer-pianists of his time, Prokofiev reflected in his piano concertos the most recognizable features of his artistic individuality like in a mirror. Pianist Vladimir Krainev became a world-famous pianist after his victories at the international competitions in Leeds and Lisbon. In 1970, he won First prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition. Apart from his flawless technical skills and rich sound palette, Vladimir Krainev was notable for a bright temperament which often roused the artist to do bold and even risky interpretations (an Austrian newspaper called him 'a tiger of keys on the arena'). That is probably why Prokofiev's music was so dear to Krainev, who always had the composer's concertos, sonatas and numerous piano pieces in his repertoire. Vladimir Krainev recorded Prokofiev's five piano concertos from 1976 to 1983 with the Moscow Philharmonic conducted by Dmitri Kitajenko (MEL CD 1002227).