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Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Piano Sonata no 7, etc / Ayako Uehara

Album Summary

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Romeo and Juliet, pieces (10) for piano, Op. 75
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for Piano no 7 in B flat major ("War Sonata 2/Stalingrad"), Op. 83
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Visions fugitives (20), for piano, Op. 22
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Notes & Reviews:

After becoming the youngest-ever semi-finalist at the 1998 Tchaikovsky Competition, and then coming back to win first prize in 2002 at the age of 22, Ayako Uehara has developed a flourishing career in her homeland. After a successful release on EMI Classics, and extensive world tours under such maestros as Valery Gergiev and Lorin Maazel, Uehara is poised to break through to the US.

Gramophone Magazine
Superb recording quality plus instances of star-quality pianistic texturing are not to be sneezed at, and Uehara is undoubtedly a talent to watch. But the evidence of this disc is that her transition from competition gladiator to artist is only just beginning.

The Times
Following her excellent Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky CD, the young Japanese pianist drops a star in this Prokofiev recital. For crisp fingerwork and genuine feelings she's still supreme, but dainty prettiness invades her Romeo and Juliet selection. The seventh Sonata has more consistent bite, until the finale, which doesn't hurtle nearly enough. The Visions Fugitives come off the best: darting poetic miniatures, dispatched with delicacy and panache.



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>Prokofiev, Sergey : Romeo and Juliet, pieces (10) for piano, Op. 75
  • Performer: Ayako Uehara (Piano)
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (10/11/2007-10/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for Piano no 7 in B flat major ("War Sonata 2/Stalingrad"), Op. 83
  • Performer: Ayako Uehara (Piano)
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (10/11/2007-10/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939-1942

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Visions fugitives (20), for piano, Op. 22
  • Performer: Ayako Uehara (Piano)
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (10/11/2007-10/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1915-1917