Abdel Rahman El Bacha Plays Prokofiev

Born in Beirut and now one of France’s most celebrated pianists, Abdel Rahman El Bacha once said, “I have always loved Bechstein for its intimacy, its delicate tone, that singing sound.” Accordingly, he made the right choice in playing a C. Bechstein D 282 concert grand when he recorded Prokofiev’s piano works in La Ferme de Villefavard, a former barn in Limousin converted into a concert venue. The CD (Mirare, 2011) includes the virtuoso Toccata, op. 11; Ten Pieces, op. 12; the Sonata, op. 14; the Sarcasms, op. 17; and the Visions fugitives, op. 22 – and was highly appreciated by the classical music press. One reason is surely the singing, colourful Bechstein sound.