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Prokofiev Piano Concertos Nos 1, 4 & 5

Demidenko, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Lazarev (Hyperion)

Having already recorded Concertos Nos 2 and 3, Demidenko and Lazarev complete the cycle with the remaining three: the neoclassical first; the neglected fourth, for left hand only; and the lavish fifth. Demidenko can certainly play the notes and his interpretations forever drive the music energetically forwards. HHH

Britten, String Quartets Maggini Quartet


Now establishing a considerable reputation with English quartet repertoire come the young and gifted Maggini foursome. Here focusing on Britten, these are wonderfully clear and nuanced accounts of the lively first and intrepid second quartets, plus the whimsical Divertimenti. HHHH