1.-2. Pyotr Il'ych Tchaikovsky - Concert Fantasia for Piano and Orchestra Op.56 28:18
3.-6. Sergey Prokofiev - Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in G minor Op.16 32:33
Igor Ardašev piano
Prague Symphony Orchestra
Leoš Svárovský conductor
Studio digital recording 1998.
For quite a few years already record-collectors have associated the name of pianist Igor Ardašev (b. 1967) with exclusive programming and sheer artistic brilliance. Ardašev's latest orchestral title for Supraphon doubtless tops off this line with a golden crown. This digital studio recording of Tchaikovsky's Fantasy, and most notably, Prokofiev's Second Piano Concerto, represents a unique project in that this is a piece of music whose recorded versions are very rare, due to the immense, at places even seemingly absurd, technical demands it poses on the interpreter. The inimitable sovereignty and effortless mastery of which Ardašev gave proof in surmounting this task cannot be described in words - it is up to the listener to judge. Igor Ardašev had exquisite partners in conductor Leoš Svárovský and the Prague Symphony Orchestra.
Ardašev: Phenomenal performing skills enhanced by utter dedication to music's message.
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