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Sergei Prokofiev

Sarcasms, Op. 17  Play

Milica Jelača Jovanović Piano

Recorded on 12/05/2006, uploaded on 01/25/2009

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Sarcasms, Op. 17         Sergei Prokofiev

I Tempestoso; II Allegro rubato; III Allegro precipitato; IV Smanioso; V Precipitosissimo

Prokofiev composed the cycle Sarcasms in 1912-1914, at a time when the psychological motifs in his work were becoming more profound.  In his own words, he "was striving for a language to express intense emotions" in this work. Throughout the piece there are many of the author's remarks for the performer, indicating both the tempo and the character of music.  Some of the characteristics of the pieces include: driving energy and irony of No. 1; wild arpeggios and improvisatory quality of No.2; a dark atmosphere and repetitive ostinato of No.3; the madness of high pitched clatter and jerky rhythms in No. 4; and the contrast of biting dissonant chords and a sorrowful Andantino of No. 5 of which Prokofiev wrote: "We often indulge in malicious laughter at someone or something, but when we pause to look, we see how pitiful and sad is the object of our ridicule and we grow ashamed. The mocking laughter rings in our ears, but it is we who are its object now."      Milica Jelača Jovanović

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Appears to have a technical glitch that prevents the entire selection from playing to the end.  Quits during Allegro rubato.  Wonderful performance.  Would like to hear it in its entirety.

Submitted by jmorton on Fri, 11/12/2010 - 15:37. Report abuse

Probably one of the best performances I have ever heard on this site. Also, I have not experienced the technical glitch mentioned by a previous commenter. Glad that's been sorted out, because this gem deserves to be heard from beginning to end.

Submitted by isacwk on Sat, 05/10/2014 - 07:02. Report abuse