Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas Vol. 3

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Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas Vol. 3



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29th April 2016




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Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas Vol. 3


Piano Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 82

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

Piano Sonata No. 8 in B flat major, Op. 84



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This is the third and final volume in Peter Donohoe's highly-praised recording of the complete Piano Sonatas of Sergei Prokofiev, devoted to what is known as the 'War Trilogy' - three piano sonatas, written consecutively during World War II, reflecting on and reacting to the horrors of what was referred to in Soviet Russia during their titanic struggle against Hitler as the 'Great Patriotic War'. It drew from Prokofiev some of his greatest music, expressed through his own instrument, the piano, producing in the central sonata of the trilogy, No. 7, his most famous and brilliant piano music, with the exciting finale marked Precipitato (impetuous, headlong) depicting the ferocity and grit of the Russian attacks on the Nazi army. The beautiful Sixth Sonata is more personal and inward-looking, contemplative and moving, and the Eighth looks forward to a post-war world in which all conflict on Russian soil will have ceased. Peter Donohoe has always been closely attuned to Russian music and particularly that of Prokofiev and his recordings of the War Trilogy go back more than 30 years. He first recorded the 7th Sonata in 1982 for HMV then again in 1991 together with the two other 'War Sonatas' 6 and 8 for EMI. He believes that Prokofiev's Sonatas form one of the greatest piano solo cycles in the repertoire. 'Prokofiev was creating these major works throughout his career -- all of them are major and some are still underrated and I am delighted to have had the chance of recording the complete cycle at last.'

Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 6 in A Major, Op. 82

I. Allegro moderato

II. Allegretto

III. Tempo di valzer lentissimo

IV. Vivace

Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 7 in B-Flat Major, Op. 83

I. Allegro inquieto - Poco meno - Andantino

II. Andante caloroso - Poco più animato - più largamente - Un poco agitato

III. Precipitato

Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 8 in B-Flat Major, Op. 84

I. Andante dolce - Allegro moderato - Andante dolce, come prima - Allegro

II. Andante sognando

III. Vivace - Allegro ben marcato - Andantino - Vivace, come prima

Gramophone Magazine

August 2016

“It goes without saying that the intelligence and seasoned artistry governing Donohoe’s best Prokofiev performances deserve serious consideration”

Pianist Magazine

October 2016


“Peter Donohoe is a pianistic superman. The British pianist chews through repertoire like most people eat handfuls of peanuts, and his technical level is truly awe-inspiring”

Sunday Times

19th June 2016

“One feels a profundity of thought behind these interpretations — a lifetime’s pondering, indeed — and they fly from the page all the more freely for that.”

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