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Prokofiev * Stravinsky: Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet-Ten Pieces, Op 75

Magazine article Gramophone

Prokofiev * Stravinsky: Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet-Ten Pieces, Op 75

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Prokofiev * Stravinsky

Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet--Ten Pieces, Op 75

Stravinsky Three Movements from Petrushka.

The Firebird (arr Agosti)

David Jalbert pf

ATMA Classique (F) ACD2 2684 (59' * DDD)

In Stravinsky's Three Movements from Petrushka, David Jalbert begins the 'Russian Dance' at a promising clip, only to slightly slow down after the first eight bars. While there's nothing laboured about Jalbert's precise, well-modulated pianism, it doesn't match Yuja Wang's crisper, more playful and supple reading, let alone Pollini's reference interpretation. By contrast, Jalbert assiduously gauges the quick moodchanges in 'Petrushka's Cell'; listen in particular to the delicacy of his grace notes in theAndantino (about 1'32" into the movement). Jalbert's 'Shrovetide Fair' may not the most shimmering or exuberant on disc, yet his scrupulous balancing of the accordion-like textures and rhythmic exactitude impress. At bar 95, Jalbert follows Stravinsky's orchestral score by interpolating his own arrangement of 'Bear Dance'; Stravinsky omitted this passage in his transcription.

Jalbert proves more extrovert and incisive in excerpts from Guido Agosti's Firebird transcription. What colour and motoric momentum he brings to the 'Danse infernale', contrasting with his caressingly flexible treatment of the Berceuse. …

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