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
& 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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