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Prokofjew, Schostakowitsch, Lobanow/Adorja, Brunner, Lobanow

Release Date: 04/06/2009 
Label:  Tudor Records   Catalog #: 727   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei ProkofievVassili LobanovDmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Vassili LobanovEduard BrunnerAndrás Adorján
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Walter Labhart's notes lament the tendency of Soviet recordings to sandwich new music between more traditional items—an odd introduction to a disc cut to precisely that pattern. They also lament the rarity of Russian flute sonatas—an equally odd introduction to a disc in which clarinetist Eduard Brunner filches the one undoubted masterpiece of the genre for his own ends, to generally dreary effect. Granted, Prokofiev himself reworked the sonata for violin—but its figurations adapt less idiomatically to the clarinet, which, in addition, merges with the piano in a way that thickens the textures. In any case, Brunner submits the music to a depressingly sour-sounding pummeling, where the clarinet's uneasy intonation and uneven production of Read more tone color forge an unholy alliance with Lobanov's unwieldy pianism to blackjack the musical line. Neither here nor in the shabby transcriptions of Shostakovich waltzes (drawn from a variety of film and ballet scores) is there much musical interest.

Lobanov's own sonatas warrant more attention. Bom in 1947, the composer grew up in the post-Stalinist era, and Labhart's notes point to his endorsement “of the polystylistic approach led by Alfred Schnittke.“ Not that the music here quite matches either the depth or the exuberance of Schnittke at his best. But from the low, miasmic opening (apparently partly aleatorie), through the obsessive repetitions in the middle of the movement, on through the rhythmic shrieks (recalling Messiaen's wilder bird calls) that puncture the second movement, up to the reflective simplicity of the hymnlike conclusion, the clarinet sonata presents an aggressive musical argument that throws you constantly off balance. And it's hard to believe that the clarinetist who stumbles through the Prokofiev is the same artist who tosses off Lobanov's multiphonics and high-speed arpeggios with such brazen virtuosity.

The one-movement flute (and piccolo) sonata similarly jostles conflicting ideas—in particular, playing off two traditional but conflicting qualities of the flute family, the piercing and the dreary. But except for the final section, disorienting refractions of a banal little tune, the music too often overturns convention in a way that's become a cliché itself. Still, especially when combined with Lobanov's clarinet sonata, it's sufficiently worthwhile to redeem this uneven recital. Decent sound. Tentatively recommended for the adventurous.

-- Peter J. Rabinowitz, Fanfare
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Works on This Recording

Sonata for Flute and Piano in D major, Op. 94 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Vassili Lobanov (Piano), Eduard Brunner (Clarinet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USSR 
Date of Recording: 12/1986 
Venue:  Munich, Germany 
Length: 23 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 45 by Vassili Lobanov
Performer:  Eduard Brunner (Clarinet), Vassili Lobanov (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 12/1986 
Venue:  Munich, Germany 
Length: 19 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Sonata for Flute and Piano, Op. 38 by Vassili Lobanov
Performer:  András Adorján (Flute), Vassili Lobanov (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 12/1986 
Venue:  Munich, Germany 
Length: 12 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Waltzes (4) for Flute, Clarinet and Piano, Op. 97c by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  András Adorján (Flute), Vassili Lobanov (Piano), Eduard Brunner (Clarinet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USSR 
Date of Recording: 02/1989 
Venue:  Munich, Germany 
Length: 10 Minutes 8 Secs. 

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