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Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-9 / Ovchinnikov


Release Date: 02/16/2018 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 566894  
Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Vladimir Ovchinikov
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sergei Prokofiev was himself a fine pianist and his nine piano sonatas span his entire composing career. Richly varied in scale, style and expression, they have only rarely been recorded complete. In 1988, when Vladimir Ovchinnikov, top prizewinner of both the Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition and the Leeds International Piano Competition, played the 2nd and 7th sonatas at his US debut, the New York Times praised his ability to "keep the rhythms sharp while creating textures with an acerbic edge and great tensile strength," and wrote that "even in the densest, loudest passages, his playing has an uncanny sense of transparency." Sergei Prokofiev was himself a fine pianist and his nine piano sonatas span his entire composing career. Richly varied in scale, style and expression, they have only rarely been recorded complete. In 1988, when Vladimir Ovchinnikov, top prizewinner of both the Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition and the Leeds International Piano Competition, played the 2nd and 7th sonatas at his US debut, the New York Times praised his ability to "keep the rhythms sharp while creating textures with an acerbic edge and great tensile strength," and wrote that "even in the densest, loudest passages, his playing has an uncanny sense of transparency." Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 1 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Vladimir Ovchinikov (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907/1909; Russia 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 14 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Vladimir Ovchinikov (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; Russia 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 3 in A minor, Op. 28 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Vladimir Ovchinikov (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907/1917; Russia 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 4 in C minor, Op. 29 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Vladimir Ovchinikov (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; Russia 
5.
Sonata for Piano no 5 in C major, Op. 38 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Vladimir Ovchinikov (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; Paris, France 
6.
Sonata for Piano no 6 in A major, Op. 82 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Vladimir Ovchinikov (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939-1940; USSR 
7.
Sonata for Piano no 7 in B flat major, Op. 83 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Vladimir Ovchinikov (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939-1942; USSR 
8.
Sonata for Piano no 8 in B flat major, Op. 84 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Vladimir Ovchinikov (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939-1944; USSR 
9.
Sonata for Piano no 9 in C major, Op. 103 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Vladimir Ovchinikov (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USSR 
10.
Toccata for Piano in D minor, Op. 11 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Vladimir Ovchinikov (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; Russia 
11.
Pieces (6) from Cinderella, Op. 102 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Vladimir Ovchinikov (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USSR 

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