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Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-9 / Matti Raekallio

Raekallio,Matti
Release Date: 05/31/2011 
Label:  Ondine   Catalog #: 1103-2   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Matti Raekallio
Number of Discs: 4 
Length: 4 Hours 22 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It’s probably fair to say that these recordings helped to put Ondine on the map as a major player in the world of classical music recordings. Prokofiev’s sonatas constitute landmarks in the repertoire, and they still don’t get the respect they deserve from non-Russian pianists, and sometimes not even there. They contain some of the composer’s deepest and most serious thinking, and for this reason they tend not to be as popular as his “fun” orchestral pieces. Matti Raekallio takes no prisoners in these steely, virtuosic performances, but while he brings plenty of excitement and tension to the more famous wartime works, he has plenty of lightness in reserve for the witty moments in the early pieces, to say nothing of Sarcasms or the Romeo Read more & Juliet transcriptions. The sonics, dryish but clear and never unduly harsh, suit the music and the interpretations perfectly. Taken as a set this is well-nigh unbeatable.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com [6/2011]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 1 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Matti Raekallio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907/1909; Russia 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 14 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Matti Raekallio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; Russia 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 3 in A minor, Op. 28 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Matti Raekallio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907/1917; Russia 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 4 in C minor, Op. 29 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Matti Raekallio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; Russia 
5.
Sonata for Piano no 5 in C major, Op. 135 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Matti Raekallio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952-1953; USSR 
6.
Sonata for Piano no 6 in A major, Op. 82 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Matti Raekallio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939-1940; USSR 
7.
Sonata for Piano no 7 in B flat major, Op. 83 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Matti Raekallio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939-1942; USSR 
8.
Sonata for Piano no 8 in B flat major, Op. 84 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Matti Raekallio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939-1944; USSR 
9.
Sonata for Piano no 9 in C major, Op. 103 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Matti Raekallio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USSR 
10.
Visions fugitives (20) for Piano, Op. 22 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Matti Raekallio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1917; Russia 
11.
Pieces (10) for Piano from "Romeo and Juliet", Op. 75 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Matti Raekallio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USSR 
12.
Sarcasms (5) for Piano, Op. 17 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Matti Raekallio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1914; Russia 
13.
Tales of an Old Grandmother, Op. 31 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Matti Raekallio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; USA 
14.
Etudes (4) for Piano, Op. 2 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Matti Raekallio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; Russia 
15.
Toccata for Piano in D minor, Op. 11 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Matti Raekallio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; Russia 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 1
Piano Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 14: I. Allegro, ma non troppo
Piano Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 14: II. Scherzo: Allegro marcato
Piano Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 14: III. Andante
Piano Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 14: IV. Vivace
Piano Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 28
Piano Sonata No. 4 in C minor, Op. 29: I. Allegro molto sostenuto
Piano Sonata No. 4 in C minor, Op. 29: II. Andante assai
Piano Sonata No. 4 in C minor, Op. 29: III. Allegro con brio, ma non leggiere
Piano Sonata No. 5 in C major, Op. 38: I. Allegro tranquillo
Piano Sonata No. 5 in C major, Op. 38: II. Andantino
Piano Sonata No. 5 in C major, Op. 38: III. Un poco allegretto
Piano Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 82: I. Allegro moderato
Piano Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 82: II. Allegretto
Piano Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 82: III. Tempo di valzer lentissimo
Piano Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 82: IV. Vivace
Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 83: I. Allegro inquieto
Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 83: II. Andante caloroso
Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 83: III. Precipitato
Piano Sonata No. 8 in B flat major, Op. 84: I. Andante dolce
Piano Sonata No. 8 in B flat major, Op. 84: II. Andante sognando
Piano Sonata No. 8 in B flat major, Op. 84: III. Vivace

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