[f_minor] Prokofiev

Jörgen Lundmark jorgen.lundmark at sundsvall.nu
Thu Sep 29 15:44:29 EDT 2011

Hello Fred,

The link you sent were not Gould playing Prokofiev, but I guess you are 
referring to his playing of the second of the Visions Fugitives, or?:
The performance is part of one of the "Musicamera" programs in the new 

It's either that or his playing of the 7th sonata (one complete 
TV-performance and another one of the first movement, but I can only 
find the early one on Youtube):
or the earlier recording of the violin/piano arrangement from 
"Cinderella". I know of no other Gould recording of Prokofiev's music.

Generally speaking it's very clearly defined, as always with Gould, and 
with an exiting rhythmic energy (the sonata). He doesn't have the 
intensity or power of Sviatoslav Richter -- my favourite in late 
Prokofiev sonatas -- but those are (don't forget his studio recording of 
the sonata) excellent and as always with Gould very personal performances.

Both TV-performances of the Prokofiev are also part of the new box.

If you are referring to the Visions Fugitives it's a very slow and very 
Scriabinesque version of this piece. I like it all the same.

> Hi all,
> my brother sent me a Youtube link a few days ago, which I just 
> listened to now. This is completely new to me:
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJ0NnwfsuMQ&feature=related
> GG playing the Russian "hammer" (I just made that up) Prokofiev.  I 
> don't know what to make of the piece as I am not familiar with it, but 
> the playing was quite admirable.  Anyone know this piece well or have 
> comments about GG's playing?
> regards,
> Fred Houpt

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