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Prokofiev Oeuvres Pour Piano / Abdel Rahman El Bacha


Release Date: 05/08/2012 
Label:  Mirare   Catalog #: 165   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Abdel Rahman El Bacha
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



PROKOFIEV Toccata. 10 Pieces, op. 12. Piano Sonata No. 2. Sarcasms. Visions fugitives Abdel Rahman El Bacha (pn) MIRARE MIR 165 (77:45)


This disc begins with an exceptionally lucid reading of the Toccata, one that—by attending more to its complex rhythmic superimpositions than to its dissonant fury—looks ahead to American Minimalism more than to, say, middle-period Bartók. And if the rest of the performances Read more are not quite so arresting, they are (except for the oddly shapeless reading of the sonata’s Andante) consistently alert, imaginative, and technically immaculate.


On the whole, Abdel Rahman El Bacha maintains a relatively light touch, stressing precision of gesture and details of articulation and playing down color and harmony. The performances are therefore at their best where the music is at its most brittle; highlights include the chipper reading of the March that opens op. 12, the assured handling of the rhythmic cross-currents in the Rigaudon that serves as the third piece of the set, the euphoric dizziness in the waltz-inflected Scherzo that closes it out, the infectious leap of the finale of the sonata, the bounce of the Feroce and the tightness of the Presto agitatissimo from Visions fugitives . Still, while you might want more mystery in the harmonically troubling Legend, op. 12/6, there are excellent moments in the more sustained music, too: Listen to his navigation of the musical flow in the outer sections of op. 12’s Prelude, his control of the long crescendos in the following Allemande, his elegance in the Andante, op. 22/2.


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 (unfortunately, he never recorded the whole set) or Anne-Marie McDermott’s Sarcasms . Even so, this new entry can be warmly recommended, especially if you are looking for an illumination of the Toccata or for an attractive op. 12, which has been poorly represented in the catalog since Frederic Chiu’s cycle has gone missing.


FANFARE: Peter J. Rabinowitz
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Works on This Recording

1.
Toccata for Piano in D minor, Op. 11 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Abdel Rahman El Bacha (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; Russia 
Venue:  Ferme de Villefavard 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
2.
Pieces (10) for Piano, Op. 12 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Abdel Rahman El Bacha (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1913; Russia 
Venue:  Ferme de Villefavard 
Length: 21 Minutes 20 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 14 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Abdel Rahman El Bacha (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; Russia 
Venue:  Ferme de Villefavard 
Length: 18 Minutes 10 Secs. 
4.
Sarcasms (5) for Piano, Op. 17 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Abdel Rahman El Bacha (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1914; Russia 
Venue:  Ferme de Villefavard 
Length: 9 Minutes 33 Secs. 
5.
Visions fugitives (20) for Piano, Op. 22 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Abdel Rahman El Bacha (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1917; Russia 
Venue:  Ferme de Villefavard 
Length: 17 Minutes 14 Secs. 

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