Prokofiev - Piano Sonatas 2, 6 & 8 | Harmonia Mundi HMC902202

Prokofiev - Piano Sonatas 2, 6 & 8

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Label: Harmonia Mundi

Cat No: HMC902202

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 18th November 2016

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In this first volume of a complete cycle of the Prokofiev sonatas, his compatriot Alexander Melnikov reveals three emblematic works. The brilliant Second Sonata dates from 1912, when its composer was still a student at the St Petersburg Conservatory; with the Sixth (1939) and Eighth (1944) we meet the master in his full maturity, plunged in the darkest years of the Great Terror and the war. Echoes of his music for the theatre, lyricism and violence mingle amid ultra-virtuoso pianism.

Reviews

Given perfect clarity of inner lines ad a refusal to lose intellectual grip even on the most tornado-like of crescendos, you end up thinking ‘what extraordinary works’ rather than ‘what a great pianist’ - and it doesn’t get better than that.  David Nice
BBC Music Magazine February 2017

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