Anna Gourari

Visions fugitives

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Prokofiev's Visions fugitives, Op. 22 (Fleeting Visions), sound very little like most of his other music. He wrote it for a group of friends, some of whom were evoked by some of the 20 short pieces. Many sound a good deal like Debussy, although their dry economy is pure Prokofiev. Still, for a composer who wrote mostly in large public forms, this is unusually intimate music, and it's nicely suited to the rather idiosyncratic style of Russo-German pianist Anna Gourari, who takes them mostly slowly, in an almost improvisatory way. The set is not often played as a whole, but they maintain their interest in her hands. The Chopin Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58, comes off in this performance almost as another vision fugitive. This spontaneous, discursive reading is not the version one would want when acquiring just one, but it fits within the extremely intimate dimensions of this recital, with Nikolay Medtner's Fairy Tale in F minor Op. 26/3 (one of his "Skazki"), as a very evocative entr'acte. Best of all is Manfred Eicher's production for ECM, at the Historischer Reitstadel, Neumarkt (a venue favored by high-end sound engineers), which as it were seems to hold the program in the palm of his hand. Recommended.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Visions fugitives, op. 22
1 1:36 Amazon
2 1:45 Amazon
3 1:06 Amazon
4 0:59 Amazon
5 0:27 Amazon
6 0:27 Amazon
7 2:26 Amazon
8 1:21 Amazon
9 1:04 Amazon
10 0:57 Amazon
11 1:09 Amazon
12 1:40 Amazon
13 0:59 Amazon
14 1:05 Amazon
15 0:49 Amazon
16 1:56 Amazon
17 1:17 Amazon
18 1:38 Amazon
19 0:44 Amazon
20 2:18 Amazon
Fairy Tales (Skazki) (4) for piano, Op. 26
21 2:56
Sonata No. 3 in B minor, op. 58
22 14:05 Amazon
23 3:05 Amazon
24 9:45
25 5:32 Amazon
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