Mirages of Childhood
During the Second World War, Prokofiev composed a new ballet, Cinderella, based on Charles Perrault’s fairytale. Shortly afterward he made three piano suites consisting of arrangements of pieces from the ballet.
For his third recording with La Dolce Volta, Wilhem Latchoumia has chosen to play the pieces in the sequence of the ballet to respect its narrative continuity. This had not been done before. Moreover, the passionate interpreter for rare repertoires and most varied contemporary aesthetics has integrated four pieces by the American composer Henry Dixon Cowell into Prokofiev’s ballet.
The scores, written between 1912 and 1930, use new methods of writing and playing for the time, such as playing on the instrument’s strings.
The four pieces separate the key episodes of the ballet, offering each listener’s imagination new sonic horizons…