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Prokofiev interpretation has entered its age of enlightenment
This is a very fascinating account of Prokofiev's first 5 sonatas, positioning itself among the very top of what is available on the market.
Alexandra Silocea's approach is rooted in an exceptionally refined musicianship of the highest level. Her playing is characterised by crystal clear articulation, careful phrasing, a broad scope of colours and dynamics. Moreover, she handles the music with a strikingly refreshing rationality. Her Prokofiev is indeed slightly undercooled, avoids undue emotional or temperamental outbursts (knowing Prokofiev's own views she certainly makes an important point here), chooses tempos intelligently and maintains them consistently. The latter is especially conspicuous in places where many other pianists have made us expect accelerating or slowing down (for example, the 4th movement of the 2nd Sonata).
With Alexandra Silocea the spotlight is not on the pianist, but on the music, which she allows to breathe and speak for itself. Prokofiev is freed of the fetters of superfluities and all that remains is the music in classical transparency and in the full glory of all its riches. Prokofiev interpretation has entered its age of enlightenment.more....
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PROKOFIEV, S.: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-5 (Silocea)