Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Classical
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Melvyn M. Sobel | Freeport (Long Island), New York | 01/16/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Technically adept, but emotionally stolid and mannered, Prunyi's Tchaikovsky recital is a disappointment, especially with so little of this composer's piano works available. It's remarkable how studied her approach is, how devoid of appeal, spontaneity and Russian soul. Where is the poetry and charisma these compositions easily evoke? Even perennial charmers like the Romance, Op. 5, or Reverie, Op. 19, No. 1, seem merely routine. As well, the placement and juxtapositioning of the pieces themselves doesn't quite work, making the music appear maddeningly lackluster, which it certainly is not. To add insult to injury, the exceptionally realistic recording, compounded by generous disc length, only serves to augment the unfortunate interpretive monotony. Those unfamiliar with Tchaikovsky's piano works should seek out alternative performers, such as Ponti, Postnikova, Richter and Pletnev, who are outstanding in this repertoire.
[Running time: 69:50]