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Brian Wigman
Classical Net, September 2014

Recorded way back in 1991, this is one of two discs in Korean pianist Kun Woo Paik’s Prokofieff concerto cycle for Naxos. Both are very fine, and seriously contend for the only cycle of these pieces you’ll ever require. Antoni Wit in particular has been a mainstay of the Naxos catalog and accompanies with consummate skill.

In the Piano Concerto #5…Kun Woo Paik uses a lighter, speedier touch to really make [the piece] click, and Wit’s coarser sounds really do work, especially with the elasticity he permits. At times, the music sings, other times it snarls, and the results are quite exciting. The sheer intensity of attack—brass and strings wail away with abandon—coupled with some dazzling finger-work brings the disc to an explosive close. © 2014 Classical Net Read complete review




Penguin Guide, January 2009

PROKOFIEV, S.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1, 3 and 4 (Paik, Polish National Radio Symphony, Wit) 8.550566
PROKOFIEV: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 5 8.550565

Kun Woo Paik’s playing throughout these five concertos has exhilarating bravura. Tempi are dangerously fast at times and occasionally he has the orchestra almost scampering to keep up with him but they do, and the result is often electrifying. The famous theme and variations central movement of the Third Concerto is played with great diversity of mood and style and the darkly expressive Larghetto of No. 5 is very finely done. The First Concerto, which comes last on the first CD has great freshness and compares well with almost any version on disc. In short, with vivid recording in the Concert Hall of Polish Radio, which has plenty of ambience, this set is enormously stimulating and a remarkable bargain. It has far better sound than the remastered Decca recording for Ashkenazy.



Rick Phillips
CBC, March 2003

"Dollar for dollar, you'd be hard-pressed to find another complete set of the Prokofiev Piano Concertos that rivals this one. Kun Woo Paik is thrilling, the recorded sound is clean and vivid. And at budget price, or under $10 for each of the two CDs, available individually, it's a great bargain."



CD Review, February 1993

"The degree of spontaneity and rapport between soloist, conductor and orchestra is reminiscent of the finest live performances"



Fanfare

"As a budget offering, it's a steal"



Classic CD

"performances which leave most full-price versions standing"



Classics

"enormously stimulating and audacious"



Gramophone

"this is excellent value for money"








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