- Piano Concerto No. 1 in D flat major, Op. 10
Many of Sergey Prokofiev's musical inspirations were French, and a light French touch often works well in his piano pieces. With the field open to a new generation for the composer's five piano concertos, this one merits strong consideration. The sparkling "Piano Concerto in D flat major, Op. 10," is perhaps the highlight of the whole set here; Bavouzet and conductor Gianandrea Noseda with the BBC Philharmonic achieving a bright, almost ebullient atmosphere. The "Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26," cut from the same cloth but with a greater quotient of acidic dissonant humor, is very nearly as good. There's hardly a weak spot throughout: the technically perilous and still-edgy "Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16," which occasioned a scandal at its premiere, keeps its threatening quality, and the less common "Piano Concerto No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 53," composed for a one-armed pianist, is entirely competent, and the delicate finale of the neo-classic "Piano Concerto No. 5 in G major, Op. 55," is gorgeous. Strong studio sound and excellent, personal booklet notes from Bavouzet himself are added attractions. Highly recommended.