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Prokofiev: Cello Concerto; Symphony-Concerto ()

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Cellist Alban Gerhardt had previously released two discs in Hyperion's Romantic Cello Concertos series: one from 2004, of Dohnányi, Enescu, and d'Albert, and one from 2007, featuring Schumann, Volkmann, Dietrich, and Gernsheim. Since the music on those discs was mediocre or worse, this coupling of Prokofiev's Cello Concerto and Symphony-Concerto is Gerhardt's first concerto recording featuring top-drawer repertoire, and the result is entirely successful. The concertos themselves are fascinating. The later Symphony-Concerto is Prokofiev's marvelous reimagining of his earlier Cello Concerto that reveals as much about the composer's personality and working methods as his similarly reimagined Fourth Symphony. That the music is also among the composer's most lyrical only makes it more appealing. In first-class repertoire, Gerhardt reveals himself to be a first-class player. His tone is strong but supple, his interpretations are sensitive but individualistic, and his technique is simply breathtaking. He... Hide synopsis

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