Here are my top picks for this month, now posted on Rhapsody:
Music for the keyboard launches this playlist, and starting us off is Ukrainian pianist Vadim Kholodenko in a pair of neglected but fascinating Prokofiev piano concertos. Even being a Van Cliburn Competition gold medalist (Kholodenko won in 2013) doesn’t guarantee the chops needed to take on Prokofiev’s fiendishly difficult challenges, but Kholodenko dazzles and astonishes from start to finish. Seong-Jin Cho, who won last year’s Chopin Competition, has just released his debut solo album — fittingly, of Chopin. And the homage to the late Pierre Boulez continues with a superb set of his complete solo piano music performed by Marc Ponthus.