CD2/2008

CD2/2008

Prague Symphony Orchestra

Zdeněk Košler

Václav Smetáček

Peter Katin, piano

The Royal Festival Hall, London

The Albert Hall, Nottingham

Recordings: 1967 & 1968
 This CD contains the only commercial recording of Peter Katin playing Prokofiev's Piano Concerto no 3; see below for a reminiscence by Peter Katin about this performance

International Record Review

“…a sparkling performance of the Third Piano Concerto by Prokofiev … [Peter Katin’s playing] combines agility, poetry and character most impressively, as well as bristling with rhythmic life.”

“…the recorded sound is splendid – natural and full…”
International Record Review, April 2009

“[Peter Katin’s] playing is a combination of agility, poetry and elegance, full of rhythmic life and spirit.”
Nigel Simeone, International Record Review, June 2012

Norman Lebrecht

“The sound is outstanding and the playing very fine.”
Norman Lebrecht, private correspondence, 10th January 2010

Fanfare

“There’s a surprising richness to the full orchestral blend, Terry’s two-microphone technique triumphing at least in part over the notoriously dry acoustics of the Royal Festival Hall.”

“The pianist is assured, athletic, and technically immaculate … Highly energized and flawlessly performed, this [Prokofiev] is an interesting reading that deserves the enthusiastic applause it receives.”
Barry Brenesal, Fanfare 33:5, May/June 2010

MusicWeb International

“[Peter Katin is] a splendid exponent, whose legerdemain is matched by an acute structural sense, and whose tonal qualities are laudable. The ensemble between pianist and orchestra is pretty solid. The piano’s treble sonorities against the high winds are a notably successful feature of a recording that in no small degree manages to bring some warmth to the hall’s acoustic.”
Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International, May 2010

WrightMusic

“This CD has my highest recommendation. Its major work is Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto no 3 in the best performance I have ever heard, and I have 40 recordings of this work.”
Dr David Wright, CD Review 41, 21st July 2011

Track listingTime
1William Walton: Scapino Overture8' 16"
Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto no 3 in C major, op 2628' 13"
2  I Andante – Allegro*9' 06"
3 II Tema con variazioni9' 08"
4III Allegro ma non troppo9' 59"
Zdeněk Košler • Peter Katin, piano • The Royal Festival Hall, London, 8th February 1967
5Miloslav Kabeláč: Reflections, op 4915' 15"
Václav Smetáček • The Royal Festival Hall, London, 6th March 1968
6Maurice Ravel: Rapsodie Espagnole16' 45"
7Encore: Antonín Dvořák: Slavonic Dance no 15, op 722' 44"
Zdeněk Košler • The Albert Hall, Nottingham, 13th February 1967
Total time:71' 12"

*Sample extract (control with the Sound Sample tab at the top of the page)

†This track may be heard on the Sampler CD

Peter Katin recalls playing Prokofiev

On hearing the Orchestral Concert CDs recording of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto no 3, a little over forty years after the recording was made, Peter Katin gave his reaction to the performance and recalled how difficult he had found the work to play.