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Prokofiev/Merikanto: Beautifully Presented, but Ultimately Not Competitive... Maybe!Aug. 11 2014
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Format: Audio CD
Lushly presented as it is, I just can't really recommend this issue. Good as the Prokofiev is, it inhabits an ever increasing pool of competitors- perhaps NONE of which (at least that I've heard so far) makes any real claim on- at least- the Rostropovich/Ozawa recording on Erato. Even though Ozawa's backing is given an oddly curious non-existence by the engineers, Rostropovich is nicely up front, and no one seems to be able to play this piece but him. I give up!
The Merikanto, though an A+ in the programming department, sadly fails to impress, coming off like a second-rate Dvorak. The other late works I've heard, including the Violin Concerto No.4, had a little more going for them. Stick with the other Merikanto discs on Finlandia and Ondine.
If you really want this CD, be assured that you are actually getting a 5 Star CD- the presentation, sound, and playing are all as sumptuous as you might expect from the source. I didn't really like, or need it, but, you might. It sounds great!