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RE: An embarrassment of riches indeed!
Posted by rbolaw on April 23, 2012 at 11:46:59:
As for the various editions of the Prokofiev sonata, I would have to check with some of the experts on this issue, especially Patricia Harper. My understanding is that after Prokofiev revised it for violin, some flutists adapted some of those revisions for themselves.
Jean-Pierre Rampal's edition by International in particular has many of the violin changes, or something close to them. In general, Rampal was known for putting in additional ornamentation or making other significant changes to the composer's manuscript in his editions of standard flute repertoire. Many flutists today turn up their noses at his editions for that reason, though he had many good ideas.
The German Sikorski edition is supposed to be very close to the true flute original, in fact originally the Sikorski edition was no more than a facsimile of the original Russian flute edition. I too have the MCA edition with both the flute and violin parts, but it is apparently no longer available. For legal reasons, you now have to buy the Sikorski edition if you want the true original flute version.
There are recordings using both the original flute edition and an adaptation from the violin sonata.