Thursday, December 24, 2015

Prokofiev Plays Prokofiev

Prokofiev's complete commercial disc recordings last 56 minutes (he also made some fourteen Duo Art Reproducing Piano Rolls in about 1920). It is a small but a remarkable legacy revealing of both performance practice and of the idiosyncrasies and intentions of Prokofiev's playing. As with most composer-performer performances Prokofiev's playing of the Third Concerto is unmannered, clear-sighted and brisk. Momentum is properly maintained, sonorities are integrated — it is remarkable how the piano is part of the orchestral tableau - and lyricism is tempered by considerations of architectural design. Prokofiev characteristically never brings the visceral excitement of, say, Kapell whose galvanizing recording is for many the benchmark performance of the work. But what he does bring is far more rewarding — myriad inflective devices and pianistic subtleties which have always marked out this performance as a document of unending fascination. The 1935 Paris solo recordings are increasingly rare in their original form, an album of four 78s. As much as in the 1932 Concerto recording we hear Prokofiev's remarkable rhythmic attack, his melodic accents, discreet use of the pedal and everywhere his wit - the performance of the Classical Symphony's Gavotte is an especially treasurable example. The andante from the Op. 29 Sonata is probably the most important piece recorded in this set - and it shows accelerating tempi as remarkable in its way as his implacable control. These indispensable recordings have been transferred before, of course.
Jonathan Woolf

Source : http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2001/Nov01/Prokofiev_plays_Prokofiev.htm

Sergueï Prokofiev
Plays
Prokofiev
(1932-1935)

Tracks

Piano Concerto n° 3 in C Major op. 26
1 I. Andante - Allegro  8:20
2 II. Theme and Variations (1-15). Andantino  7:40
3 III. Allegro, ma non troppo  8:31

Solo Piano Works

Visions Fugitives, op. 22
4 N° 9. Allegro tranquillo  1:06
5 N° 3. Allegretto  0:55
6 N° 17. Poetico  0:52
7 N° 18. Con una dolce lentezza  1:17
8 N° 11. Con vivacità  0:55
9 N° 10. Ridicolosamente   0:52
10 N° 16. Dolente  1:33
11 N° 6. Con eleganza   0:20
12 N° 5. Molto giocoso  0:22

13 Suggestion Diabolique, Op. 4 n° 4  2:21
14 Conte de la Vieille Grand-Mère, Op. 31 n° 2  1:24
15 Sonatine Pastorale, Op. 59 n° 3  3:56
16 Conte de la Vieille Grand-Mère, Op. 31 n° 3   2:51
17 Gavotte (from the Classical Symphony) Op. 25 n° 2   1:18
18 Étude, Op. 52 n° 3  1:56
19 Paysage, Op. 59 n° 2   2:09
20 Andante (from Sonata n° 4 in C minor, Op. 29)   6:06
21 Gavotte, Op. 32 n° 3  1:18

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Personnel
[# 1-3]
Sergueï Prokofiev - p
London Symphony Orchestra
Piero Coppola - cond.
[# 4-21]
Sergueï Prokofiev - p

Recorded in London ; June 27/28, 1932 [# 1-3] ; & Paris ; between February 12 & March 4, 1935 [# 4-21]

(Full details recording dates and matrix numbers can be found in the accompanying booklet)

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5 comments:

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