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Prokofiev Vol 9 - Transcriptions / Frederic Chiu


Release Date: 11/16/1999 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 907195   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Sergei ProkofievDietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Frederic Chiu
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

With this entertaining and unusual CD, Frederic Chiu completes his admirable survey of the piano works of Prokofiev. Although the disc may have the appearance of an "odds and ends" collection, it's actually very cleverly planned around the concept of "transcription". This is particularly apt in the case of Prokofiev, because all of his music is essentially piano music, and a lot of the character of his orchestral output stems from the very awkwardness of it actually sounding like piano music transcribed (unlike Ravel, for example, who could re-imagine a piano work in a totally idiomatic orchestration). So what we're listening to here are more like original, fully legitimate alternate versions. Chiu's own arrangement of the music from Kijé Read more (two items of which appeared earlier in the series) proves this point dramatically: it sounds like perfectly normal piano music, and is indistinguishable from the composer's other transcription work. The works themselves are uniformly delightful--the "Cinderella" pieces and the Divertissement particularly. As a bonus, Chiu includes Prokofiev's arrangements of a Buxtehude fugue and some Schubert Waltzes, as well as the little Gavotte from the composer's incidental music to "Hamlet". Chiu's playing recalls descriptions of the composer's own: brilliant, dry, percussive, witty, and a little shy on warmth, but there's no denying his close identification with the music or his ability to project a true Prokofiev sound. A worthy conclusion to an excellent series.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Love for Three Oranges: March, Op. 33b no 1 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Frederic Chiu (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; Paris, France 
2.
Love for Three Oranges: Scherzo, Op. 33b no 2 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Frederic Chiu (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; Paris, France 
3.
Divertissement for Piano, Op. 43a by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Frederic Chiu (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USSR 
4.
Pieces (6) from Cinderella, Op. 102 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Frederic Chiu (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USSR 
5.
Hamlet: Gavotte for Piano, Op. 77a by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Frederic Chiu (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USSR 
6.
Schubert Waltz Suite by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Frederic Chiu (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1920; USA 
7.
Praeludium for Keyboard in D minor, BuxWV 140 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Frederic Chiu (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1690; Germany 
Notes: Transcribed: Sergei Prokofiev (1918-20) 
8.
Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Frederic Chiu (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; Paris, France 
Notes: Transcribed: Frederic Chiu 

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