P0933. SERGEI PROKOFIEV: Visions fugitives – recorded 1935; w.Coppola Cond.London Phil.: Concerto #3 in C, recorded 1932 (both Played by the Composer). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-040. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
“…the sound [on previously-issued EMI & Pearl CDs] is not quite so immediate as in St Laurent’s rather more basic transfers [of Prokofiev’s HMV recordings]….his obviously authoritative performances have an arresting bluff ebullience, but with a wistful gentleness in the quieter solo items.”
- Alan Sanders, Classical Record Quarterly, Autumn, 2014
“From the very beginning [of the Concerto, above] there is a welcome straightforwardness to Prokofiev’s performance…. Altogether an indispensable performance that is ‘historic’ in all the best senses of the word….Prokofiev’s playing was much admired by his contemporaries, not least by Poulenc.”
– Nigel Simeone, INTERNATIONAL PIANO QUARTERLY, Autumn, 2000
“In breathing new life into the symphony, sonata, and concerto, Sergei Prokofiev emerged as one of the truly original musical voices of the twentieth century. Bridging the worlds of pre-revolutionary Russia and the Stalinist Soviet Union, Prokofiev enjoyed a successful worldwide career as composer and pianist. As in the case of most other Soviet-era composers, his creative life and his music came to suffer under the duress of official Party strictures. Still, despite the detrimental personal and professional effects of such outside influences, Prokofiev continued until the end of his career to produce music marked by a singular skill, inventiveness, and élan. During World War II, Prokofiev and other artists were evacuated from Moscow. He spent the time in various places within the U.S.S.R. and produced propaganda music, but also violin sonatas, his ‘War Sonatas’ for piano, the String Quartet #2, the opera WAR AND PEACE, and the ballet CINDERELLA. Prokofiev, himself a formidable pianist, completed nine piano sonatas out of a projected eleven. His music for piano also includes piano versions of music from the ballets ROMEO AND JULIET and CINDERELLA. In 1948, with the revolution that criticized almost all Soviet composers, several of Prokofiev's works were banned from performance. His health declined and he became more insecure. In a rather bitter coincidence, Prokofiev died on 5 March, 1953, the same day as Joseph Stalin."
- Michael Rodman, allmusic.com
“Each of these disks, from Canadian engineer Yves St Laurent… [feature] St Laurent’s natural transfer – made without filtering, like all his dubbings – it is easy to listen to, despite the surface noise.”
- Tully Potter, CLASSICAL RECORD QUARTERLY, Summer, 2011