Prokofiev: Cinderella Suite

Prokofiev: Cinderella Suite

by Olli Mustonen
     
 

Olli Mustonen has assembled a disc from Prokofiev's piano transcriptions of the "Cinderella" ballet music, "Music for Children," and a couple of other pieces. Mustonen's articulation certainly brings out the playfulness of the music. It is agile, bright, and lively, each note clear, even in the moodier movements where a little moreSee more details below

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Olli Mustonen has assembled a disc from Prokofiev's piano transcriptions of the "Cinderella" ballet music, "Music for Children," and a couple of other pieces. Mustonen's articulation certainly brings out the playfulness of the music. It is agile, bright, and lively, each note clear, even in the moodier movements where a little more connection of notes in certain parts might be expected in order to intensify both the emotional content of the music and that quintessential Prokofiev contrast between energetic percussion and melodic lyricism. "Music for Children" is more direct and simply stated, so Mustonen's clarity serves it very well. He does have an eloquent way of using dynamics constantly to shade the music in all the works here. The sound level of the recording is a bit quieter than most Classical recordings, so the volume needs to be raised slightly to hear the wide range of his dynamics. There is one maddening thing about this disc: the accompanying liner notes do not explain the programming of the disc. They talk about the music, when it was written, what it is trying to convey, what to listen for in it. But nothing about why Mustonen is only doing nine of the 10 pieces of Opus 97, only three of the six in Opus 102, or why just the Gavotte from Opus 32 and just the Prelude from Opus 12. It implies a connection between "Cinderella," a children's story, and "Music for Children," but gives no other clues as to the reasoning behind the selections. That kind of omission tends to alienate the listener from the performer, no matter how good the performance.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/18/2005
Label:
Ondine
UPC:
0761195106020
catalogNumber:
1060
Rank:
98276

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Tracks

  1. Pieces (3) for piano (from the ballet Cinderella), Op. 95  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Olli Mustonen  - Reijo Kiilunen
  2. Pieces (10) for piano (from the ballet Cinderella), Op. 97: 1. Fairy Spring  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Olli Mustonen  - Reijo Kiilunen
  3. Pieces (10) for piano (from the ballet Cinderella), Op. 97: 2. Fairy Summer  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Olli Mustonen  - Reijo Kiilunen
  4. Pieces (10) for piano (from the ballet Cinderella), Op. 97: 3. Fairy Autumn  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Olli Mustonen  - Reijo Kiilunen
  5. Pieces (10) for piano (from the ballet Cinderella), Op. 97: 4. Fairy Winter  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Olli Mustonen  - Reijo Kiilunen
  6. Pieces (10) for piano (from the ballet Cinderella), Op. 97: 5. Grasshoppers and Dragon Flies  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Olli Mustonen  - Reijo Kiilunen
  7. Pieces (10) for piano (from the ballet Cinderella), Op. 97: 6. Orientalia  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Olli Mustonen  - Reijo Kiilunen
  8. Pieces (10) for piano (from the ballet Cinderella), Op. 97: 7. Passepied  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Olli Mustonen  - Reijo Kiilunen
  9. Pieces (10) for piano (from the ballet Cinderella), Op. 97: 9. Bourrée  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Olli Mustonen  - Reijo Kiilunen
  10. Pieces (10) for piano (from the ballet Cinderella), Op. 97: 10. Adagio  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Olli Mustonen  - Reijo Kiilunen
  11. Pieces (6) for piano (from the ballet Cinderella), Op. 102: Waltz (Cinderella and the Prince)  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Olli Mustonen  - Reijo Kiilunen
  12. Pieces (6) for piano (from the ballet Cinderella), Op. 102: 3. Dispute  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Olli Mustonen  - Reijo Kiilunen
  13. Pieces (6) for piano (from the ballet Cinderella), Op. 102: 6. Amoroso  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Olli Mustonen  - Reijo Kiilunen
  14. Music for Children, easy pieces (12) for piano, Op. 65  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Olli Mustonen  - Reijo Kiilunen
  15. Pieces (4) for piano, Op. 32: No. 3 Gavotta  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Olli Mustonen  - Reijo Kiilunen
  16. Prelude in C major for piano (or harp), Op. 12/7  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Olli Mustonen  - Reijo Kiilunen

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