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Prokofiev: Works for Piano / Abdel Rahman El Bacha

Album Summary

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Toccata for piano in D minor, Op. 11
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Pieces (10) for piano, Op. 12
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 14
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sarcasms (5), for piano, Op. 17
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Visions fugitives (20), for piano, Op. 22
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Notes & Reviews:

An eminent Chopin specialist and also a feisty proponent of the Prokofiev concertos, Abdel Rahman El Bacha is the ideal interpreter for these piano works, which range from the futurist strains of the Toccata Op.11 (1912) to the 'fleeting visions' of Op.22 (1917), by way of the 'Gavotte' and 'Rigaudon' of the 'Ten Pieces' Op.12 and the 'Sarcasmes' Op.17. Amid this diversity, the Sonata No.2 Op.14 reverts to Classical models. Here on a single disc are all the solo piano works of the young Prokoviev's last years in Russia.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
El Bacha has selected piano music by Prokofieff composed from 1912 to 1917: Opp. 11, 12, 14, 17, and 22. These were all composed in Russia in the five years after Prokofieff graduated from the St Petersburg Conservatory. He is an exciting performer - precise, clean, and clear - with a strong rhythmic drive, essential for Prokofieff. He has all the power required for this music, but does not ever resort to banging. His phrasing is to be commended, from the innumerable two-note groups in the Toccata to the long melodic phrases in the Andante movement of Sonata 2.

Fanfare Magazine, September/October 2012
Excellent sound, good notes by Frans C. Lemaire. There's plenty of competition in most of this repertoire, and I wouldn't want to be without a Richter performance of the sonata or Visions or Anne-Marie McDermott's Sarcasms. Even so, this new entry can be warmly recommended.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Ferme de Villefavard (07/12/2011-07/15/2011).



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Works Details

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Toccata for piano in D minor, Op. 11
  • Performer: Abdel Rahman El Bacha [Piano/Composer] (Piano)
  • Notes: Ferme de Villefavard (07/12/2011-07/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1912

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Pieces (10) for piano, Op. 12
  • Performer: Abdel Rahman El Bacha [Piano/Composer] (Piano)
  • Notes: Ferme de Villefavard (07/12/2011-07/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1906-1913

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 14
  • Performer: Abdel Rahman El Bacha [Piano/Composer] (Piano)
  • Notes: Ferme de Villefavard (07/12/2011-07/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1912

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sarcasms (5), for piano, Op. 17
  • Performer: Abdel Rahman El Bacha [Piano/Composer] (Piano)
  • Notes: Ferme de Villefavard (07/12/2011-07/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1912-1914

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Visions fugitives (20), for piano, Op. 22
  • Performer: Abdel Rahman El Bacha [Piano/Composer] (Piano)
  • Notes: Ferme de Villefavard (07/12/2011-07/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1915-1917