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Prokofiev: Works for Cello and Piano / Ivashkin, Lazareva

Album Summary

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for cello & piano in C major, Op. 119
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Ballade for cello & piano in C minor, Op. 15
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Adagio for cello & piano (arr. from Cinderella, Op. 87), Op. 97bis
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concertino for cello & orchestra in G minor, Op. 132
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Chout (The Tale of the Buffoon), ballet, Op. 21
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for solo cello in C sharp minor (completed by Vladimir Blok), Op. 134
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"This disc contains more of Prokofiev's music for cello and piano than actually exists. The Andante is a transcription of the slow movement of his unfinished Concertino, while the Solo Sonata was finished by Vladimir Blok. Ivashkin is a strong player whose passion tends to run away with his taste. I'm not a stickler for taste myself, but sometimes the technique runs away, too. Still, this is an interesting performance, warmly recorded." - Moore, ARG

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Captured in the Maly Hall of the Moscow Conservatory where much of Prokofiev's work was first heard, it's surprising to find so many aspects of the composer's style represented, from the Romanticism of the early Ballade through the spiky dissonances of Chout to the elegiac, unfinished Solo Sonata. Aided by characterful piano-playing by Tatyana Lazareva, Ivashkin's recital compares most favourably with his similar programme on Ode for which he was accompanied by a more reticent pianist; although the earlier disc includes the Concertino movement in the guise of Rostropovich's cello quintet arrangement, the absence of the Chout transmogrification makes the Chandos collection appear better value.

We start with the familiar Cello (and piano) Sonata, a highly polished and deeply felt account with Lazareva providing a weighty, authentically Russian accompaniment. The Ballade is surely the best version yet of this increasingly popular work. Good though Wallfisch's expansive reading is, Ivashkin surpasses him in his juxtaposition of the 19th-century style of the opening and the ghostly second idea, hushed to a real pianissimo. Instead of Wallfisch's 'March' from The Love for Three Oranges, we get a Chout selection arranged by the Russian cellist Roman Sapozhnikov; again the rendition is technically spotless. Finally comes the Sonata for cello alone, its nostalgic opening brought off perfectly.

Ivashkin's playful treatment of the central gavotte-like section reminds us that he can do humour as well.



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Works Details

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for cello & piano in C major, Op. 119
  • Performers: Alexander Ivashkin (Cello); Tatyana Lazareva (Piano)
  • Notes: Maly Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Russia (08/28/2002-09/01/2002)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1949

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Ballade for cello & piano in C minor, Op. 15
  • Performers: Alexander Ivashkin (Cello); Tatyana Lazareva (Piano)
  • Notes: Maly Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Russia (08/28/2002-09/01/2002)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Adagio for cello & piano (arr. from Cinderella, Op. 87), Op. 97bis
  • Performers: Alexander Ivashkin (Cello); Tatyana Lazareva (Piano)
  • Notes: Maly Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Russia (08/28/2002-09/01/2002)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1944

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concertino for cello & orchestra in G minor, Op. 132 :: II. Andante in G minor
  • Performers: Alexander Ivashkin (Cello); Tatyana Lazareva (Piano)
  • Notes: Maly Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Russia (08/28/2002-09/01/2002)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1952

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Chout (The Tale of the Buffoon), ballet, Op. 21 :: Chout and Choutikha (The Buffoon and Buffooness)
  • Performers: Alexander Ivashkin (Cello); Tatyana Lazareva (Piano)
  • Notes: Maly Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Russia (08/28/2002-09/01/2002)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1915

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Chout (The Tale of the Buffoon), ballet, Op. 21 :: The Merchant is dreaming
  • Performers: Alexander Ivashkin (Cello); Tatyana Lazareva (Piano)
  • Notes: Maly Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Russia (08/28/2002-09/01/2002)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1915

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Chout (The Tale of the Buffoon), ballet, Op. 21 :: Choutikha
  • Performers: Alexander Ivashkin (Cello); Tatyana Lazareva (Piano)
  • Notes: Maly Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Russia (08/28/2002-09/01/2002)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1915

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Chout (The Tale of the Buffoon), ballet, Op. 21 :: The Merchant in despair
  • Performers: Alexander Ivashkin (Cello); Tatyana Lazareva (Piano)
  • Notes: Maly Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Russia (08/28/2002-09/01/2002)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1915

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Chout (The Tale of the Buffoon), ballet, Op. 21 :: Dance of the Buffoons' daughters
  • Performers: Alexander Ivashkin (Cello); Tatyana Lazareva (Piano)
  • Notes: Maly Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Russia (08/28/2002-09/01/2002)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1915

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for solo cello in C sharp minor (completed by Vladimir Blok), Op. 134
  • Performer: Alexander Ivashkin (Cello)
  • Notes: Maly Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Russia (08/28/2002-09/01/2002)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1950s