plays Prokofiev -
'... sparkling, lyrical and appropriately balletic ...'
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...
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Masterton, New Zealand