A creative mix of music by Sergei Prokofiev is the July 2016 CD of the month. This is an interesting collection of music for a diverse set of instruments, and the recording is brand new and worthy of your consideration.
The selections are as follows:
Overture on Hebrew Themes, for clarinet, string quartet and piano, Op. 34
Quintet in G minor, Op. 39 for Oboe, Clarinet, Violin, Viola and Double-bass
Sonata for Solo Cello in C minor, Op. 134 (completed Blok)
Visions fugitives, Op. 22
Sonata in D major for solo violin, Op. 115
Humoresque Scherzo Op. 12 for 4 bassoons by Ludwig Chamber Players & Friends
What emerges on this recording is this amazing grouping of Prokofiev’s chamber music output, together with a beautiful new instrumentation of the “Visions Fugitives” for 10 instruments.
We get to listen to pieces of great virtuosity and boldness on one side, contrasting with tender and melancholic moods on the other from a composer who was probably always caught between two stools and wasn’t entirely at home anywhere.
Here is a recording of the Overture on Hebrew Themes: