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Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante; Tscherepnin / Wispelwey, Sinaisky

Release Date: 08/11/2009 
Label:  Channel Classics   Catalog #: 27909   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Sergei ProkofievAlexander TcherepninGeorge Crumb
Performer:  Pieter Wispelwey
Conductor:  Vassili Sinaisky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mixed 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There's no question that Pieter Wispelwey delivers an exceptional performance of Prokofiev's strange and occasionally awkward Sinfonia concertante. The work's odd structure--two andantes enclosing a monstrously long central allegro--poses no problems for either the soloist or the conductor, and Wispelwey's consistent energy and attractive tone is all the more remarkable given the fact that this is a live performance. He handles the atrocious technical difficulties with ease, particularly in that central allegro and the last movement's loony conclusion. For most listeners, I suspect, the main issue will be the couplings, which are typically interesting and adventurous, even if only marginally connected to the Prokofiev (if at all).
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In particular, it's great to have such a fine performance of the Crumb sonata, a major early work that sounds nothing like the composer we know and love today (the notes speak of his interest in Bartók in the 1950s, and that's pretty evident), while the Tcherepnin is an attractive (and short) novelty. I'm amazed at the quality of the sound in the Prokofiev: recorded live, with hardly any audience noise, it's perfectly balanced and phenomenally realistic in all formats--much better, in fact, than just about any other studio recording of this piece in terms of atmosphere and naturalness. So if the program appeals, go for it.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Symphony-Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in E minor, Op. 125 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
Conductor:  Vassili Sinaisky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951/1952; USSR 
Suite for Cello solo by Alexander Tcherepnin
Performer:  Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Russia 
Sonata for Cello solo by George Crumb
Performer:  Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USA 

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