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Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 1 / Peter Donohoe

Prokofiev / Donohoe,Peter
Release Date: 08/13/2013 
Label:  Somm   Catalog #: 249   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Peter Donohoe
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"...Great things were hoped for in Donohoe's new series, the first volume of which features the first five of the composer's nine sonatas. I am comprehensively blown away by the results. There is not a crash-bang-wallop in sight: bags of power, yes, but power focused and targeted at strategic points. What you will hear is a stream of light, pellucid lyricism, from the Romanticism of the early one-movement First Sonata to the delicious classical turn in the opening phrase of the Fifth, along with all the character and acrobatics that begin to emerge through this group. This is Prokofiev as you have not heard him. A major re-evaluation from a towering pianist is under way." - Michael Tumelty, The Herald, Scotland "...Great things were hoped for in Donohoe's new series, the first volume of which features the first five of the composer's nine sonatas. I am comprehensively blown away by the results. There is not a crash-bang-wallop in sight: bags of power, yes, but power focused and targeted at strategic points. What you will hear is a stream of light, pellucid lyricism, from the Romanticism of the early one-movement First Sonata to the delicious classical turn in the opening phrase of the Fifth, along with all the character and acrobatics that begin to emerge through this group. This is Prokofiev as you have not heard him. A major re-evaluation from a towering pianist is under way." - Michael Tumelty, The Herald, Scotland Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 1 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Peter Donohoe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907/1909; Russia 
Venue:  Turner Sims Concert Hall, University of 
Length: 7 Minutes 20 Secs. 
2. Sonata for Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 14 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Peter Donohoe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; Russia 
Venue:  Turner Sims Concert Hall, University of 
Length: 17 Minutes 15 Secs. 
3. Sonata for Piano no 3 in A minor, Op. 28 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Peter Donohoe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907/1917; Russia 
Venue:  Turner Sims Concert Hall, University of 
Length: 7 Minutes 21 Secs. 
4. Sonata for Piano no 4 in C minor, Op. 29 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Peter Donohoe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; Russia 
Venue:  Turner Sims Concert Hall, University of 
Length: 15 Minutes 32 Secs. 
5. Sonata for Piano no 5 in C major, Op. 38 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Peter Donohoe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; Paris, France 
Venue:  Turner Sims Concert Hall, University of 
Length: 14 Minutes 10 Secs. 

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 - Piu mosso - Tempo primo
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 - Moderato - 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

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