Simon Trpčeski, Vasily Petrenko, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - Prokofiev Piano Concertos 1 & 3

The chief draw on this release by Simon Trpčeski is the Piano Concerto No. 1 in D flat major, Op. 10, composed while Sergey Prokofiev was still a student in St. Petersburg. Prokofiev thought highly enough of the work to premiere it in Moscow himself, and indeed it’s a student work of the best kind, brash and overflowing with confidence. Consider and sample the broad opening and, after about a minute, the angular music, a kind of second theme, seems as though it comes from an entirely different composition and dares you to imagine how it can be integrated with the opening.