Supersonic Pizzicato Award, Luxembourg June 2011

Der Beginn diser neuen Gesamtaufnahme der Klaviersonaten ist vielversprechend. Das Label Avie zeigt sich risikofreudig und setzt auf die relativ unbekannt rumänische Pianistin Alexandra Silocea, die aber schon im Wiener Konzerthaus, im Musikverein und in der New York Carnegie Hall aufgetreten ist, Die PLattenfirma scheint richtig zu liegen. Der Hörer erlebt auf ein atemberaubendes Klavierspiel in einer hervorragende Klangqualität. Die heute 27-jährige Pianistin trumpft mit einem kraftvollem Spiel auf, das sich allerdings immer wieder auf subtilen Nuancen und auf eine farbprächtige Auslegung von Prokofievs Musik besinnt. Das faszinierende an Siloceas Spiel ist die absolute Natürlichkeit. Nichts wirkt aufgesetzt oder eingeprobt, jede Note scheint ihr eigenes Universum zu besitzen, so dass die Interpretation der Sonaten 1-5 den Hörer magisch in ihren Bahn zieht und nicht mehr loslässt. Wo andere junge Pianisten nd Pianistinnen hervorragend sind, da besitzt Alexandra Siloceas vollblütiges Spiel schon richtige Grösse und einen genialen Atem. Ähnlich wie Gilels, Richter oder Horowitz, deren Spiel einfach stimmig war, und ab der ersten Noten den tiefen Kern der Musik erfasste, schafft aus Silocea diese Gefühl, die Musik absolut richtig - was das auch immer bedeutet - wiederzugeben.

International Piano Magazine, Editor's Choice

Alexandra Silocea's Prokofiev reveals a rather special talent.The First Sonata shows the player's tremendous belief in the piece's strength. The part-writing is magnificently rendered, and there is a great sense of Romantic sweep - the scoresof all five Sonatas seem to present no technical challenge for Silocea at all. If the Second Sonata is not as relentless as Richter was want to make it, Silocea acknowledges Prokofiev's fantastical side. the slow movement is mesmerically dark, while the spiky finale, with its motor rhythms, hints at how special Silocea's Seventh might be. Silocea is entirely in sync with the chameleon changes of the Third, its moment of simplicity are heart-rending. The highlight of the Forth is the beguiling, black Menuet; the Fifth (in its revised version) contains rugged determination. Excellent booklet notes from David Nice, the the way, and a super sound. A winner. 

FANFARE

Scott Noriega

 

Masterly...can stand at the top of the list for great performances.... highly recommended.

International Record Review

Robert Matthew-Walker

Consistently high standard... An excellent start. She has no peer. A strong recommendation.

Musicweb International

Fantastic technique... warmth and wit... lyricism and rythmic sultriness. These are recordings that Prokofiev himself would surely have approved of.

The Three Oranges

Serge Prokofiev Foundation

Terry Dean 

[...]Silocea transitions effortless through a kaleidoscope of musical styles. If her follow up performances match the bar set by these, she will have produced an indispensable cycle of Prokofiev's piano sonatas.

Classics Online

May 2011

This is a very fascinating account of Porkofiev's fist 5 sonatas, positioning itself among the very top of what is available on the market. Alexandra Silocea's approach is rooted in an exceptionally refined musicianship of the highest level. Her playing is characterised by crystal clear articulation, careful phrasing, a broad scope of colours and dynamics. moreover, she handles the music with a strinkingly refreshing rationality. Her Prokofiev is indeed slightly undercooled, avoids undue emotional or temperamental outburts (knowing Prokofiev's own views she certainly makes a point here), chooses tempos intelligently and maintains them consistently. The latter is especially comspicuous in places where many other pianists have made us expect accelerationg or slowing doen (for example, the 4th movement of the 2nd Sonata). With Alexandra Silocea the spotlight is not on the pianist, but on the music, which she allows to breath and speak for itself. Prokofiev is freed of the fetters of superfluities and all that remains is the music in classical transparency and in the full glory of all its riches. Prokofievinterpretation has entered its age of enlightement.