Tchaikovsky & Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas

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Tchaikovsky & Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas



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3rd Jan 2012




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Tchaikovsky & Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas

1956-58 recordings


Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 83

Piano Sonata No. 9 in C major, Op. 103


Grand Sonata for Piano in G major Op. 37



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By the time he made these recordings, all three of the sonatas had been in Sviatoslav Richter’s repertory for years. He had first performed Tchaikovsky’s Sonata in G major in 1942, recording it in Moscow in 1956. His recordings of the music of Prokofiev are the stuff of legend. He had just four days to learn the Seventh Sonata for its first performance in early 1943. Richter spoke of the work reflecting ‘murderous forces unleashed’ and his 1958 recording is a graphic realisation of the sentiment. The Ninth Sonata was dedicated to him and its ‘radiant, simple, even intimate’ quality is here perfectly realised.

Reissue producer and audio restoration engineer: Ward Marston.

Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Grand Sonata in G minor, Op. 37

I. Moderato e risoluto

II. Andante non troppo quasi moderato

III. Scherzo: Allegro giocoso

IV. Finale: Allegro vivace

Sergey Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 83

I. Allegro inquieto - Poco meno - Andantino

II. Andante caloroso - Poco piu animato - Piu largamente - Un poco agitato

III. Precipitato

Sergey Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 9 in C major, Op. 103

I. Allegretto

II. Allegro strepitoso - Andantino - Allegro strepitoso

III. Andante tranquillo

IV. Allegro con brio, ma non troppo presto

BBC Music Magazine

June 2012


“Even those who don't love Prokofiev's Sonata No. 7 - premiered by Richter and described as 'murderous forces unleashed' - will find this fascinating; he brings richness to the Tchaikovsky.”

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