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Prokofiev: Piano Son Nos 2 3 [Import]

Ax; Bronfman , Ax Emanuel; Bronfman Yefim Audio CD
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1. Sonata No. 2 In D Minor, Op. 14: Sonata No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 14: Allegro, ma non troppo
2. Sonata No. 2 In D Minor, Op. 14: Sonata No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 14: Scherzo, Allegro marcato
3. Sonata No. 2 In D Minor, Op. 14: Sonata No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 14: Andante
4. Sonata No. 2 In D Minor, Op. 14: Sonata No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 14: Vivace
5. Sonata No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 28 'From Old Notebooks': Sonata No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 28 'From Old Notebooks': Allegro tempestoso
6. Sonata No. 5 in C Major, Op. 38: Sonata No. 5 in C Major, Op. 38: Allegro tranquillo
7. Sonata No. 5 in C Major, Op. 38: Andantino
8. Sonata No. 5 in C Major, Op. 38: Un poco allegretto
9. Sonata No. 9 in C Major, Op. 103: Sonata No. 9 in C Major, Op. 103: Allegretto
10. Sonata No. 9 in C Major, Op. 103: Allegro strepitoso
11. Sonata No. 9 in C Major, Op. 103: Andante tranquillo
12. Sonata No. 9 in C Major, Op. 103: Allegro con brio, ma non troppo presto

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5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking! Jan. 16 2004
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This is an absolutely fantastic collection of interpretations. The nuances are so brilliantly, yet subtly, incorporated, and Bronfman's tone is amazing. My favorite is probably the second sonata ... in the first movement he produces such a fantastic, eerie sensation in the second theme. The last movement was so exciting and involved, carefully thought through in every way, yet played with a delightful abandon. I've listened to this CD over and over again and highly recommend it to anyone looking for an absolutely spectacular performance of these sonatas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking! Jan. 16 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an absolutely fantastic collection of interpretations. The nuances are so brilliantly, yet subtly, incorporated, and Bronfman's tone is amazing. My favorite is probably the second sonata ... in the first movement he produces such a fantastic, eerie sensation in the second theme. The last movement was so exciting and involved, carefully thought through in every way, yet played with a delightful abandon. I've listened to this CD over and over again and highly recommend it to anyone looking for an absolutely spectacular performance of these sonatas.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb music Jan. 4 2011
By G.D. - Published on Amazon.com
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This is another splendid installment in Bronfman's cycle of the Prokofiev sonatas. Bronfman's approach to all works is deeply considered, thoughtful and individual though with an unerring understanding of the style and what makes these sonatas work. The performances are technically impeccable, the melodic lines excellently articulated and the overall conception of the individual works entirely convincing - still, there is no shortage of color and range of expression. In short, this is among the most convincing cycles of Prokofiev piano sonatas out there, and although I wouldn't want to be without certain other especially individual performances this is a superb choice for the whole cycle.

The second is very finely done, although it may perhaps lack a little bit in momentum and forward drive. In the third, however, Bronfman's play with lights and shadows and realization of the layered textures is unsurpassed - the phrasing is absolutely stunning, and the overall narrative structure impressively sustained. The lightness of touch, especially in the faster parts, is almost breathtaking.

Yet the truly outstanding performance here is probably the fifth (the earlier version is used), where the range of colors and moods is absolutely marvelous, especially in the sarcastic and (for lack of a better term) deranged final movement. The ninth is very convincing as well, even though Bronfman chooses a lighter (but completely convincing) approach than some; this is a rather gently lyrical account, but not without humor and sparkle. These performances are, in short, major contenders in the repertoire, and they receive very good sound; strongly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Prokofiev's Piano Sonatas at their best Sept. 15 2012
By Christoffer Kofler - Published on Amazon.com
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There is an opinion that Prokofiev's compositions distinctly deteriorated after his return in 1936 from the West to the USSR , where he was subject to strong political pressure. Stravinsky stated that Prokofiev decided to return because he was politically naïve and also because he had not met with all that much success in America: "Prokofiev's return to Russia", he said, "was a sacrifice to the bitch goddess." However, the compositions of Prokofiev's certainly has not lost its value. His Piano Sonata No. 9 op.103 written in 1947, is one of many proofs.
The music of the 9th Piano Sonata requires from the listener an active perception or in other words complete concentration and attention . Prokofiev composed this Sonata with a deep vision of moods.
The main theme of the first movement is somehow idyllic, perhaps inspired by the composer's life in a countryside, away from the city hustle and bustle. It is elegantly cut and restrained, bright and clear, set up without any modernistic tricks. Almost the whole movement is imbued with a clear serenity. Subtle melodic threads stretch across this movement and its textured woven fabric is subtle and full of beautiful and very economical combination of voices
The second movement is like cut out of the handbook of Prokofiev's themes: sprawling, slightly grotesque melody with rhythmically aggressive dynamic pulsation. It is a medley of a march and a song served as if two fast melody lines chased each other in an energetic motion.
The third movement is difficult in its figurative content. At first you hear the lyrical chant, in which the exposition contains many interesting textural details. The contrast is brought in the Allegro sostenuto episode with its vibrant duplicated melody against a uniform motion of sixteenths. In the reprise of the theme the composer describes this episode differently - in the deep bass, amidst murmuring chord figurations, and finally the theme appears more dazzling in the upper register.
In the finale the notes in the first theme are in rapid motion and the themes are full of humor. It reminds of a typical Prokofiev's scherzo. In the middle of the movement a slow episode (Andantino) emerges with so typical for the composer light and quiet lyrics with interesting texture presentation gripping almost the entire range of the piano register. Finally, against the background murmuring of fifths appears a reminiscence of the first theme of the Sonata in the upper register and based on softly applied shifts of the harmony, leading at the end to a deep sounding C major chord in the bass in the last bar.
The lyrics of the 9th sonata perceives as sophisticated, however at the end it bears an imprint of the elusive fatigue, perhaps, composer's one last look at the beauty of nature. That matches perfectly to the beautiful ending of the cycle of Prokofiev's sonatas.

Yefim Bronfman seems to have Prokofiev in his blood and maybe even in his genes. His decisive blow and articulation, sense of lyricism and motility and most importantly Prokofiev's musical humor, qualifies him for the exemplary performing of the composer's music. Bronfman plays the Sonatas of Prokofiev at the right pace and with ideal bravado.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying for a gorgeous ninth, but as for the rest... June 30 2000
By ebrinkma - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a mixed bag. Yefim Bronfman approaches the ninth with just the right amount of naivete and humility, but he does become a bit too clangorous in his versions of the second and third. I think that the extroversion of these pieces as opposed to the quietude of the 9th leads Bronfman to lose some of the nuances that he creates in the ninth. The fifth is fine, though he plays the original version (Prokofiev revised it at the end of his careeer), which is seldom played, so it caught me off guard.
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