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Memories should still be fresh of Gergiev’s epic Prom survey of all five Prokofiev concertos in one night. As then, Volodin and Babayan acquit themselves with élan, making both problematic scores come alive, ably supported by the Mariinsky Orchestra (a shade less virtuosically than the LSO). Neither, however, displaces the best of the competition, such as Ashkenazy/Previn (Decca) or more recently Bavouzet/Noseda (Chandos). Gergiev adopts some wayward tempi throughout, for instance in the hectically torrential central Toccata of No 5, or in the three symphonies, where he is markedly slower than in his much-praised LSO cycle – catastrophically so in the opening Allegro moderato of No 6, which loses all impetus. Clear recorded sound, but this is not a front-runner for any of the repertoire.

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