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Nicholas Angelich|Prokofiev: Visions fugitives, Piano Sonata No. 8, Romeo & Juliet

Prokofiev: Visions fugitives, Piano Sonata No. 8, Romeo & Juliet

Nicholas Angelich

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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/Qobuz

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1
Piano Sonata No. 8 in B-Flat Major, Op. 84: I. Andante dolce
00:18:01

Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - Nicholas Angelich, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

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Piano Sonata No. 8 in B-Flat Major, Op. 84: II. Andante sognando
00:05:12

Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - Nicholas Angelich, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

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Piano Sonata No. 8 in B-Flat Major, Op. 84: III. Vivace
00:10:44

Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - Nicholas Angelich, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

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Visions fugitives, Op. 22: No. 1, Lentamente
00:01:28

Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - Nicholas Angelich, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

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Visions fugitives, Op. 22: No. 2, Andante
00:01:51

Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - Nicholas Angelich, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

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Visions fugitives, Op. 22: No. 3, Allegretto
00:01:06

Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - Nicholas Angelich, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

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Visions fugitives, Op. 22: No. 4, Animato
00:00:53

Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - Nicholas Angelich, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

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Visions fugitives, Op. 22: No. 5, Molto giocoso
00:00:24

Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - Nicholas Angelich, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

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Visions fugitives, Op. 22: No. 6, Con eleganza
00:00:25

Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - Nicholas Angelich, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

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Visions fugitives, Op. 22: No. 7, Pittoresco
00:01:53

Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - Nicholas Angelich, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

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Visions fugitives, Op. 22: No. 8, Commodo
00:01:30

Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - Nicholas Angelich, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

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Visions fugitives, Op. 22: No. 9, Allegro tranquillo
00:01:02

Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - Nicholas Angelich, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

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Visions fugitives, Op. 22: No. 10, Ridicolosamente
00:01:00

Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - Nicholas Angelich, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

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Visions fugitives, Op. 22: No. 11, Con vivacità
00:01:11

Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - Nicholas Angelich, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

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Visions fugitives, Op. 22: No. 12, Assai moderato
00:01:17

Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - Nicholas Angelich, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

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Visions fugitives, Op. 22: No. 13, Allegretto
00:00:55

Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - Nicholas Angelich, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

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Visions fugitives, Op. 22: No. 14, Feroce
00:01:02

Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - Nicholas Angelich, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

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Visions fugitives, Op. 22: No. 15, Inquieto
00:01:07

Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - Nicholas Angelich, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

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Visions fugitives, Op. 22: No. 16, Dolente
00:02:26

Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - Nicholas Angelich, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

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Visions fugitives, Op. 22: No. 17, Poetico
00:01:11

Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - Nicholas Angelich, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

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Visions fugitives, Op. 22: No. 18, Con una dolce lentezza
00:01:40

Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - Nicholas Angelich, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

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Visions fugitives, Op. 22: No. 19, Presto agitatissimo e molto accentuato
00:00:46

Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - Nicholas Angelich, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

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Visions fugitives, Op. 22: No. 20, Lento irrealmente
00:02:18

Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - Nicholas Angelich, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

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10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75: No. 2, Scene. The Street Awakens
00:01:37

Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - Nicholas Angelich, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

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10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75: No. 3, Minuet. Arrival of the Guests
00:03:28

Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - Nicholas Angelich, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

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10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75: No. 4, Juliet as a Young Girl
00:04:14

Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - Nicholas Angelich, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

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10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75: No. 6, Montagues and Capulets
00:04:26

Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - Nicholas Angelich, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

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10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75: No. 10, Romeo and Juliet Before Parting
00:09:35

Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - Nicholas Angelich, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

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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/Qobuz

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