Friday, March 16, 2012

Perlman, Ashkenazy
"Prokofiev - the violin sonatas"

This really made my afternoon a lot of fun. Putting this record on and going about my business was a unexpected delight.
Prokofiev's chamber music isn't programmed excessively, and perhaps that's a lesson from the wise, but as of yet I don't understand it.

Having just learned and actively performing Prokofiev's second string quartet I can say that I have yet to tire of the composition. The violin sonatas on this recording strike me as being cut of the same cloth. Simultaneously challenging while being playful and engaging.

Of course the performance here is world-class. The lesson I learned is to perhaps learn and be more familiar with Prokofiev's output.

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