Prokofiev: Oeuvres pour Piano

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Abdel Rahman El Bacha has established a strong reputation for interpreting the keyboard music of Sergey Prokofiev, most notably for performing and recording the five piano concertos with authority, but also for playing the solo piano works with brilliance. In fact, El Bacha began his recording career in 1981 with an album of Prokofiev's early piano music, released in 1983 on Forlane, which won an award that was presented to him by Lina Prokofiev, the composer's widow. For this 2011 disc on Mirare, El Bacha returns to the works of the youthful Prokofiev, which he composed prior to leaving Russia in 1918. The "Toccata," the "Ten Pieces," the "Sonata No. 2 in D minor," ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Abdel Rahman El Bacha has established a strong reputation for interpreting the keyboard music of Sergey Prokofiev, most notably for performing and recording the five piano concertos with authority, but also for playing the solo piano works with brilliance. In fact, El Bacha began his recording career in 1981 with an album of Prokofiev's early piano music, released in 1983 on Forlane, which won an award that was presented to him by Lina Prokofiev, the composer's widow. For this 2011 disc on Mirare, El Bacha returns to the works of the youthful Prokofiev, which he composed prior to leaving Russia in 1918. The "Toccata," the "Ten Pieces," the "Sonata No. 2 in D minor," "Sarcasms," and "Visions fugitives" reveal not only a genius writing elegant music for virtuosos, but one who was still exploring all the possibilities of modernism. El Bacha treats the music with considerable freedom and changes moods as frequently as the pieces do, offering a mix of brusque physicality and smooth sophistication that keeps the listener constantly guessing. The recording is clear and focused with close microphone placement, so El Bacha's playing has full presence and crisp articulation, with the added benefit of responsive recital hall acoustics, which are pleasantly resonant without being echoic.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/8/2012
  • Label: Mirare France
  • EAN: 3760127221654
  • Catalog Number: 165
  • Sales rank: 187,229

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Toccata for piano in D minor, Op. 11 - Sergey Prokofiev & Abdel Rahman El Bacha (4:28)
  2. 2–11 Pieces (10) for piano, Op. 12 - Sergey Prokofiev & Abdel Rahman El Bacha (23:20)
  3. 12–15 Piano Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 14 - Sergey Prokofiev & Abdel Rahman El Bacha (18:10)
  4. 16–20 Sarcasms (5), for piano, Op. 17 - Sergey Prokofiev & Abdel Rahman El Bacha (10:13)
  5. 21–40 Visions fugitives (20), for piano, Op. 22 - Sergey Prokofiev & Abdel Rahman El Bacha (21:14)
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Abdel Rahman El Bacha Primary Artist
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