There is something special about Prokofiev’s music. You realise that each and every note is pain stakingly put into place, which could appear to be almost distanced and mathematical, but nothing could be further from the truth, for his music touches the soul. The perfect balance between wonderful melodies and catching rhythmic passages is also something I find really fascinating.
I have looked forward to recording the Five Melodies for a long time, because I think they are such gems, the one even more beautiful than the other. Julien and I recorded them under only a few spot lights, and this minimum of lighting was just right: although the pieces are quite short, they tell a complete story.
As I practised the Violin Concerto, I could not get the heavenly theme of the second movement off my mind. We recorded the work in Sankt Gallen. Surrounded by the great glaciers, the setting was so different from that of the intimate duo pieces.
After two days of rehearsals and recording, we finished with the coda of the third movement. Although I was already quite tired from all the concentration, its pulsating beat, so clear in the duet with the bass drum, gave me the energy to go all the way in each and every take.