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Striking Musicianship

Elena Kuschnerova
plays Prokofiev -
heard by
HOWARD SMITH

'... sparkling, lyrical and appropriately balletic ...'

Sergej Prokofjew. Elena Kuschnerova, piano. © 1997 Freiburger Musik Forum

These performances, originally for radio, were recorded at the Hans Rosbaud Studios, Sudwestfunk, Baden-Baden in 1996; a co-production with Arsmusica.

In short, they're on a substantially obscure label in a highly competitive field. There's no denying Elena Kuschnerova is an uncommonly gifted and musical artist as her commanding Bach and Stravinsky recordings attest.

But at these sessions; separated by nine months, there are moments with a near-metallic edge to the acoustic; coupled with the short overall playing time (51' 38"). The opening bar of Romeo and Juliet set my teeth on edge...

Copyright © 11 November 2010 Howard Smith,
Masterton, New Zealand

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CD INFORMATION: ELENA KUSCHNEROVA - PROKOFIEV

SERGEY PROKOFIEV

PIANO

GERMANY

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