Thursday, April 11, 2013

Prokofiev's Piano Sonata No. 2

The first movement of this sonata -- Allegro ma non troppo -- is very special. At least for me it is.

As I listen, I hear wonderful echoes of Schumann's gnomic Kreisleriana. These mini-episodes alter with others of a more Russian seemingness -- as if starlight is dancing its way through birch branches in winter.

Mikhail Pletnev's playing is so natural, so attuned to the spirit of this music.

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