Violin Concertos / Piano Concertos
This release centers on the Russian composer's concerto output, coupling Nos. 2 and 3 for the piano with those he wrote for the violin. Energetic movement and infectious emotion are in no short supply throughout, and Khrennikov - who appears as the soloist for Piano Concerto No.3 - must have delighted in the fact that three of Russia's most famous wunderkinder (Evgeny Kissin, Vadim Repin and Maxim Vengerov) appeared alongside for the live recording of these works. Each of the musical starlets subsequently abandoned the USSR, having barely crossed the threshold into adolescence; this 1988 recording therefore offers a rare glimpse into their early careers, playing the music of a man who spent his whole life standing guard over the 'iron curtain.'