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Sergei Prokofiev: Violin Sonatas Nos 1 & 2; Five Melodies



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Melodiya presents an album recorded by violinist Aylen Pritchin and pianist Yuri Favorin. 'He dislikes beaten tracks. He prefers to force his way through virgin thickets, crushing obstacles with a steady hand, breaking hard rocks and taking running jumps into deep streams…' The words said by a music critic about Sergei Prokofiev could be rightfully referred to the heroes of this album. Pritchin and Favorin are arguably the brightest Russian musicians of the generation in their thirties – the violinist, who combines the merits of the St. Petersburg and Moscow performing schools and is a winner of the grand prix of the Long-Thibaud-Crespin Competition in Paris and many other prestigious tournaments; and the pianist, a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, and an active performer of contemporary music. Aylen Pritchin's and Yuri Favorin's infrequent joint performances are known for their quite extraordinary repertoire. For this once they present Sergei Prokofiev's music. The composer, who started out as a rebel and tradition-buster, became a 20th century classic in his lifetime. However, interpreted by the young musicians, the vibes of Prokofiev's music rip the academic cliches to shreds. Three Prokofiev's opuses for violin and piano written in different years sound like chapters of a novelized musical biography and, at the same time, showcase the diversity of Prokofiev's creative character. The lyric cycle Five Melodies is an arrangement of vocalises composed in the 1920s for singer Nina Koshetz. Transparent and light Sonata No. 2 for violin and piano (1944) is an arrangement of the flute Sonata made at David Oistrakh's request. And Sonata No. 1 for violin and piano (1938-1946) filled with dramatic contrasts is the culmination of the album. The recordings were made in 2017.
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Item number MELCD 1002524
Barcode 4600317125241
Release date 01/05/2018
Category Sonatas
Label Melodiya
Media type CD
Number of units 1
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