Prokofiev, The Besnard Lakes, Rosie Valland, Elias Wallace

  • Serge Prokofiev
    Piano works

Sonata n ° 8. Fleeting Visions. 10 pieces for piano (extracts). Nicholas Angelich (piano).

Cover of the album “Works for piano”, by Serge Prokofiev by Nicholas Angelich.

Intelligently constructed and finely interpreted, this program does not seek to illustrate the (strong) way that made Serge Prokofiev successful on the piano. So we must wait for the last seconds of the Sonata n ° 8 to recognize the composer’s paw, the one that crushes the keys and gives the impression that the pianist will end up on the strings, like a boxer. Previously, this work, however historic (it is the last of the three so-called “war” sonatas, because they were composed in 1939-1940) invites us to forget all presuppositions. That it has constituted a sort of refuge for the musician, that he is Russian and that the genre that it represents is indeed that of the sonata … If we listen to it by removing all these references, it becomes a monument of timeless expression. Nicholas Angelich manages to inhabit it by blending wonderfully into the landscape, which is not the least of the merits in a work which so often changes frame. A similar relevance in the versatile expression crowns his interpretation of Visions fugitives. Pierre Gervasoni

1 CD Erato/Warner Classics.

  • The Besnard Lakes
    The Besnard Lakes Are the Last of the Great Thunderstorm Warnings
Pochette de l’album « The Besnard Lakes Are The Last Of The Great Thunderstorm Warnings », de The Besnard Lakes. Pochette de l’album « The Besnard Lakes Are The Last Of The Great Thunderstorm Warnings », de The Besnard Lakes.

If the short format of the songs is nowadays widely favored in rock, the sixth album by the Montreal group The Besnard Lakes takes this statement backwards by concentrating nine songs over a total duration of seventy-two minutes. Intriguing graft between Mercury Rev (for the dreamlike and grandiloquence of pop) and their compatriots Arcade Fire (for the rock fervor and the high-pitched choirs), the sextet led by the couple Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas sign in the yardstick of this imposing pavement his most ambitious work. The most overwhelming too. Inspired by the death of Jace Lasek’s father, The Last of the Great Thunderstorm Warnings explores the theme of death, the experience of “Passage to the darkness and the light that is on the other side”. The majestic Raindrops also honors the late Mark Hollis (Talk Talk), while The Father of Time Wakes Up mourns the death of Prince. At the end of this flamboyant requiem, the title track, a seventeen-minute sonic epic, arises as an ultimate psychedelic experience bathed in krautrock. Franck Colombani

1 CD Full Time Hobby.

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