Nicholas Angelich – Prokofiev Visions fugitives, Piano Sonata No. 8, Romeo & Juliet (2021) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Nicholas Angelich – Prokofiev Visions fugitives, Piano Sonata No. 8, Romeo & Juliet (2021)
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Nicholas Angelich’s new album is dedicated to Prokofiev, the so-called unclassifiable artist– considered revolutionary by some, neo-classical by others.

Coming to public attention as a virtuoso pianist, Sergei Prokofiev left a fascinating body of work, that of a composer torn between two societies, between the culture of his homeland and the unchallenged culture of the West.

The third and last of the “war Sonatas”, the Eighth Sonata was premiered by Emil Gilels in 1944. Serious and virtuosic, it is also the longest and, probably, the most “human” (Michel Hofmann) sonata by its author. The French-American pianist Nicholas Angelich gives a fascinating translation, with great fluidity, with much left unspoken, and a heightened sense of poetic and dreamy sound. This album, which is wholly dedicated to Prokofiev is of a very high standard. Thanks to his exceptional technical mastery and his musical intelligence, Nicholas Angelich manages to reveal the infinite richness of a music too often known for its virtuosic side, which tends to be, under some fingers, quite brutal.

The twenty pieces of Visions Fugitives unfold with a wide variety of refined, liquid and mysterious timbres. The performer’s fine filigree work perfectly matches that of the composer in this beautiful recording that ends brilliantly with a selection of five pieces from the ballet Romeo and Juliet transcribed for the piano by the composer himself. The variety of the colours and the power of Angelich’s piano would almost make us forget the orchestral magic of this famous score. – François Hudry

Tracklist

01. Nicholas Angelich – Piano Sonata No. 8 in B-Flat Major, Op. 84: I. Andante dolce
02. Nicholas Angelich – Piano Sonata No. 8 in B-Flat Major, Op. 84: II. Andante sognando
03. Nicholas Angelich – Piano Sonata No. 8 in B-Flat Major, Op. 84: III. Vivace
04. Nicholas Angelich – Visions fugitives, Op. 22: No. 1, Lentamente
05. Nicholas Angelich – Visions fugitives, Op. 22: No. 2, Andante
06. Nicholas Angelich – Visions fugitives, Op. 22: No. 3, Allegretto
07. Nicholas Angelich – Visions fugitives, Op. 22: No. 4, Animato
08. Nicholas Angelich – Visions fugitives, Op. 22: No. 5, Molto giocoso
09. Nicholas Angelich – Visions fugitives, Op. 22: No. 6, Con eleganza
10. Nicholas Angelich – Visions fugitives, Op. 22: No. 7, Pittoresco
11. Nicholas Angelich – Visions fugitives, Op. 22: No. 8, Commodo
12. Nicholas Angelich – Visions fugitives, Op. 22: No. 9, Allegro tranquillo
13. Nicholas Angelich – Visions fugitives, Op. 22: No. 10, Ridicolosamente
14. Nicholas Angelich – Visions fugitives, Op. 22: No. 11, Con vivacità
15. Nicholas Angelich – Visions fugitives, Op. 22: No. 12, Assai moderato
16. Nicholas Angelich – Visions fugitives, Op. 22: No. 13, Allegretto
17. Nicholas Angelich – Visions fugitives, Op. 22: No. 14, Feroce
18. Nicholas Angelich – Visions fugitives, Op. 22: No. 15, Inquieto
19. Nicholas Angelich – Visions fugitives, Op. 22: No. 16, Dolente
20. Nicholas Angelich – Visions fugitives, Op. 22: No. 17, Poetico
21. Nicholas Angelich – Visions fugitives, Op. 22: No. 18, Con una dolce lentezza
22. Nicholas Angelich – Visions fugitives, Op. 22: No. 19, Presto agitatissimo e molto accentuato
23. Nicholas Angelich – Visions fugitives, Op. 22: No. 20, Lento irrealmente
24. Nicholas Angelich – 10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75: No. 2, Scene. The Street Awakens
25. Nicholas Angelich – 10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75: No. 3, Minuet. Arrival of the Guests
26. Nicholas Angelich – 10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75: No. 4, Juliet as a Young Girl
27. Nicholas Angelich – 10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75: No. 6, Montagues and Capulets
28. Nicholas Angelich – 10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75: No. 10, Romeo and Juliet Before Parting

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