PROKOFIEV: Piano Sonatas 2, 6 & 8

1 CD - harmonia mundi HMC902202
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Alexander Melnikov
original title: Prokofiev Piano Sonatas 2,6,8 Visions Fugitive / Melnikov
collection: harmonia mundi Classique

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  • In this first volume of a complete cycle of the Prokofiev sonatas, his compatriot Alexander Melnikov reveals three emblematic works. The brilliant Second Sonata dates from 1912, when its composer was still a student at the St Petersburg Conservatory; with the Sixth (1939) and Eighth (1944) we meet the master in his full maturity, plunged in the darkest years of the Great Terror and the war. Echoes of his music for the theatre, lyricism and violence mingle amid ultra-virtuoso pianism.

    1-4 Piano sonata no.2 op.14 (1913) D minor
    5-8 Piano sonata no.6 op.82 (1940) A major
    8-11 Piano sonata no.8 op.84 (1944) B flat major

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    BBC Music Magazine Award Winner 2011
    “Few pianists have shown themselves to be so sensitive to music which is the response of a complex visionary to the corrosive banality of Soviet life at the time...[Melnikov] responds to all this with an impeccable all-Russian mastery and with a poetic commitment few could equal.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2010
  • Alexander Melnikov

    Alexander Melnikov [piano]
  • 1 CD - 1h 9mn 49s
    upc/ean. 3149020220221
    ref. HMC902202
    release date. 2016-11-18
 

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