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Ask Questions On Performing Prokofiev's Piano Sonatas!

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Initial post: Mar 2, 2009 10:09:36 AM PST
Due to the limitations on the length of a discussion, I am unable to continue discussing each of Prokofiev's Piano Sonatas! As a result, I will attempt to try a different approach. If you are learning a particular sonata, performing one, or are interested in learning more about one or more of them, please post any questions you have concerning it in terms of performance such as, tempi, themes, motifs, dynamics and whatever other questions you may have, and I will attempt to reply with the information that I gathered while performing in Boris Berman's master classes. I will make use of my personal notes, ideas, Berman's recordings and his new book which discusses each of the sonatas.
I hope this approach will create new interest on this wonderful topic and I look forward to sharing our thoughts and ideas with eachother!
Best Wishes,
Raymond Vacchino M.Mus. A.Mus. L.R.S.M. Licentiate

Posted on May 10, 2009 6:00:41 AM PDT
scarecrow says:
Thanks Raymond; I've loved all these Sonatas all my life and worked on the obvious choise #3 first, then #2 has a mystery for me, the last one as well is difficult;

I have no questions, but look forward to Mr. Berman's book.


In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2009 8:35:05 AM PDT
Hi scarecrow;
It's great to hear from you again! It seems that everyone has stopped showing interest in this topic or/and my involvement? Perhaps those seriously studying them have purchased Berman's book to personally refer to which is exactly the reason he wrote it for!! Due to the fact that I have studied them with him and have performed several of them, I had hoped to be able to attract those with specific questions on their performance and strive to be of assistance. Maybe this will still occur and create continuing dialogue?
You must have a solid technique if you are tackling the sonatas mentioned, especially the last one! I don't even go near it otherthan understanding its pedagogical aspects and trying to enjoy the sheer compositional density within the themes, by repeatedly listening to it being magnificently performed! (By as many various and worthy pianists as possible)
I suppose the likes of Richter, Gilels, Nissman, Berman, Kissen and several other new stars will continue to carry the Prokofiev "torch" into the future with new recordings.
Keep me posted on your progress!

Posted on May 21, 2009 8:29:55 PM PDT
J. Price says:
I didn't know about Boris Berman's book so will investigate. I have always wanted to study the Ninth Sonata and read through it from time to time. Thank you!

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2009 12:41:32 PM PDT
Dear J. Price, thank you for your interest in the genious of Prokofiev's piano compositions! Performing a few of them in Boris Berman's master classes was most rewarding and his knowledge of them highly formidable. You must have a solid technique and a large hand span to tackle these, especially the 9th! My review of his book is well documented, and you might want to read it before purchasing it? The book will be invaluable to you and if questions do come up, please contact me so we can discuss them together.
Good Luck with your studies,
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