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Prokofiev: Complete Piano Sonatas / Barbara Nissman


Release Date: 02/26/2002 
Label:  Pierian   Catalog #: 7/9   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Barbara Nissman
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 30 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Hailed as "the reigning Prokofiev specialist of the day," Barbara Nissman made history in 1989 by becoming the first pianist to perform the complete piano sonatas of Sergei Prokofiev in a series of three recitals both in New York and London. Following her first recital in the Prokofiev series, praise from the New York press for Ms. Nissman was unanimous: "What was far more important (than the programming) was Nissman's phenomenal playing; she is one of the truly great pianists of the day." "Nissman was brilliant," stated another New York City paper, "playing with an innate sense of mastery that knew no difficulties; she approached these works as music rather than as some sort of pianistic decathlon." Her recordings of the complete sonatas, Read more originally issued by Newport Classic, were the first CD recordings of this repertoire to be available. Recently at the invitation of both the Moscow and St. Petersburg Conservatories, she presented recitals and master classes on Prokofiev. A student of Gyorgy Sandor, Barbara Nissman received her bachelor, master and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan. She now lives on a farm in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Pieces (4) for Piano, Op. 4 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Barbara Nissman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910-1912; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1988 
Venue:  RCA Studio A 
Length: 8 Minutes 6 Secs. 
2.
Toccata for Piano in D minor, Op. 11 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Barbara Nissman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1988 
Venue:  RCA Studio A 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
3.
Sarcasms (5) for Piano, Op. 17 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Barbara Nissman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1914; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1988 
Venue:  RCA Studio A 
Length: 9 Minutes 33 Secs. 
4.
Visions fugitives (20) for Piano, Op. 22 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Barbara Nissman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1917; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1988 
Venue:  RCA Studio A 
Length: 20 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1915 - 1917). 
5.
Sonata for Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 1 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Barbara Nissman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907/1909; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1988 
Venue:  RCA Studio A 
Length: 6 Minutes 49 Secs. 
6.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 14 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Barbara Nissman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1988 
Venue:  RCA Studio A 
Length: 17 Minutes 22 Secs. 
7.
Sonata for Piano no 3 in A minor, Op. 28 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Barbara Nissman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907/1917; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1988 
Venue:  RCA Studio A 
Length: 7 Minutes 41 Secs. 
8.
Sonata for Piano no 4 in C minor, Op. 29 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Barbara Nissman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1988 
Venue:  RCA Studio A 
Length: 15 Minutes 50 Secs. 
9.
Sonata for Piano no 5 in C major, Op. 38 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Barbara Nissman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1988 
Venue:  RCA Studio A 
Length: 13 Minutes 54 Secs. 
10.
Sonata for Piano no 5 in C major, Op. 135 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Barbara Nissman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952-1953; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1988 
Venue:  RCA Studio A 
Length: 13 Minutes 1 Secs. 
11.
Sonata for Piano no 6 in A major, Op. 82 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Barbara Nissman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939-1940; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1988 
Venue:  RCA Studio A 
Length: 26 Minutes 25 Secs. 
12.
Sonata for Piano no 7 in B flat major, Op. 83 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Barbara Nissman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939-1942; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1988 
Venue:  RCA Studio A 
Length: 17 Minutes 9 Secs. 
13.
Sonata for Piano no 8 in B flat major, Op. 84 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Barbara Nissman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939-1944; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1988 
Venue:  RCA Studio A 
Length: 26 Minutes 57 Secs. 
14.
Sonata for Piano no 9 in C major, Op. 103 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Barbara Nissman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1988 
Venue:  RCA Studio A 
Length: 21 Minutes 21 Secs. 
15.
Sonata for Piano no 10 in C minor, Op. 137 [Incomplete] by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Barbara Nissman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1988 
Venue:  RCA Studio A 
Length: 0 Minutes 43 Secs. 

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