Prom 14: LSO’s tag-team Prokofiev triumphs in the five piano concertos

Prokofiev: LSO/Gergiev ****

Royal Albert Hall, 28th July 2015

Last week, Leif Ove Andsnes performed all five Beethoven piano concertos over three evenings at the Proms. Valery Gergiev must chuckle at such lack of ambition! Instead, he and the London Symphony Orchestra launched their own marathon: all five Prokofiev piano concertos… in a single evening. Granted, soloist duties were shared by three pianists – well, two and a half considering only Alexei Volodin’s left hand was required for the Fourth – but orchestral contributions were truly heroic. Both Volodin and Sergei Babayan were making their Proms debut, but it was Babayan’s star pupil, Daniil Trifonov, who stole the show.

Daniil Trifonov © BBC | Chris Christodoulou

Daniil Trifonov
© BBC | Chris Christodoulou

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