Sunday, July 12, 2015

Rudolph Kerer & Yakov Zak Play Prokofiev

Sergei Prokofiev set to work on his Piano Concerto n° 2 in G minor, Op 16 in 1912 and completed it in 1913. Performing as solo pianist, he premiered the work on August 23 the same year at Pavlovsk. Most of the audience reacted intensely. The concerto's wild temperament left a positive impression on some of the listeners, whereas others were opposed to the jarring and modernistic sound ("To hell with this futurist music !"/ "What is he doing, making fun of us ?"/ "The cats on the roof make better music !"). Today it is generally recognized as a masterpiece. The work is dedicated to the memory of Maximilian Schmidthof, a friend of Prokofiev's at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, who had committed suicide in April, after having written a farewell letter to Prokofiev. The original orchestral score was destroyed in a fire during the Russian Revolution. Prokofiev reconstructed the concerto from his sketches in 1923 and re-premiered the concerto in Paris on May 8, 1924 with Serge Koussevitzky conducting. Prokofiev himself considered the 1924 revision to be substantially different than the lost original stating "It is so completely rewritten that it might almost be considered n° 4". (The third concerto had premiered in 1921) It remains one of the hardest piano concertos to play.

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Rudolph Kerer
Yakov Zak
Sergei Prokofiev


Piano Concerto n° 1 in D-Flat Major, Op. 10 
1 I. Allegro brioso  6:45
2 II. Andante assai  4:16
3 III. Allegro scherzando  4:21

Piano Concerto n° 2 G Minor, Op. 16 
4 I. Andantino. Allegretto 11:06
5 II. Scherzo : vivace 2:33
6 III. Intermezzo : Allegro moderato 7:07
7 IV. Allegro tempestoso 10:26

Piano Sonata n° 4 in C Minor, Op. 29 
8 I. Allegro molto sostenuto 5:17
9 II. Andante assai 8:22
10 III. Allegro con brio, ma non leggiere 3:34


Rudolph Kerer - p [# 1-3]
Ochestre Philharmonique de Moscou, Kyril Kondrashin - cond. [# 1-3]
Yakov Zak - p [# 4-10]
Orchestre Symphonique d'Etat d'URSS, Kurt Sanderling - cond. [# 4-7]

Recorded August 22, 1955 [# 8-10] ; March 26, 1959 [# 4-7] : & March 1961 [# 1-3]

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Classical Music Fan said...

What a wonderful post! Is it possible to re-upload this?

These are two of my favorite Soviet pianists. Thank you!

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