Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas

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Label: AVIE
Catalog: AV2183
Format: CD

Alexandra Silocea, piano

Sergei Prokofiev (1891 - 1953)
Piano Sonatas Nos. 1 - 5

Avie introduces the brilliant young Romanian pianist Alexandra Silocea who offers some of her signature repertoire on her debut recording, the first five Piano Sonatas of Prokofiev. Dubbed "Alexandra the Great" by Gramophone who announced her debut recording, the 26-year-old trained in Vienna and Paris, and is now resident in the UK. In 2003, while studying at Vienna University for Music and Performing Arts, she was awarded the Herbert von Karajan Scholarship, the latest in a string of prizes from competitions throughout Europe. Alexandra made her professional debut in 2008 with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. Recital debuts followed in 2009 at the Musikverein in Vienna, Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in New York, and le Salon de Musique in Paris.
Alexandra says: "This debut recording serves as a journey through my own musical path. The aim of recording Prokofiev's first five piano sonatas together was to show all the facets of Prokofiev's musical personality, from Op. 1 to Op. 138, which is the revised version of Sonata No. 5, one of the last works he completed before his death in 1953. Each Sonata is so different, so original, with such care for detail that whenever I play or listen to this music it's a revelation.
"My aim is to give an interpretation very faithful to the score, without unnecessary or superficial effects. I've experienced quite some resistance in programming these works but I hope that with this recording, listeners will discover more than they imagined. It's a ride through an impressive musical landscape and one where you shouldn't be able to get off!"
This recording extends the legacy of the late producer John Barnes, who introduced the pianist to Avie. An insatiable scout for young talent, Barnes also worked for decades behind the scenes at Glyndebourne, recording every production for the company's archives. His successor at Glyndebourne, Sebastian Chonion, has produced Alexandra's debut recording.
critical acclaim
"thoughtful virtuosity" - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
"a true powerhouse ... charisma and musical depth" - Frankfurter Neue Presse

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