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Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-9

> Visions fugitives, Op. 22 - I. Lentamente
> Visions fugitives, Op. 22 - II. Andante
> Visions fugitives, Op. 22 - III. Allegretto
> Visions fugitives, Op. 22 - IV. Animato
> Visions fugitives, Op. 22 - V. Molto giocoso
> Visions fugitives, Op. 22 - VI. Con eleganza
> Visions fugitives, Op. 22 - VII. Pittoresco
> Visions fugitives, Op. 22 - VIII. Commodo
> Visions fugitives, Op. 22 - IX. Allegretto tranquillo
> Visions fugitives, Op. 22 - X. Ridicolosamente
> Visions fugitives, Op. 22 - XI. Con vivacita
> Visions fugitives, Op. 22 - XII. Assai moderato
> Visions fugitives, Op. 22 - XIII. Allegretto
> Visions fugitives, Op. 22 - XIV. Feroce
> Visions fugitives, Op. 22 - XV. Inquieto
> Visions fugitives, Op. 22 - XVI. Dolente
> Visions fugitives, Op. 22 - XVII. Poetico
> Visions fugitives, Op. 22 - XVIII. Con una dolce lentezza
> Visions fugitives, Op. 22 - XIX. Presto agitatissimo e molto accentuato
> Visions fugitives, Op. 22 - XX. Lento irrealmente
> Old Grandmother's Tales, Op. 31 - I. Moderato
> Old Grandmother's Tales, Op. 31 - II. Andantino
> Old Grandmother's Tales, Op. 31 - III. Andante assai
> Old Grandmother's Tales, Op. 31 - IV. Sostenuto
> 10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75 - No. 1. Folk Dance
> 10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75 - No. 2. Scene
> 10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75 - No. 3. Minuet
> 10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75 - No. 4. The Little Girl Juliet
> 10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75 - No. 5. Maskers
> 10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75 - No. 6. Montagues and Capulets
> 10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75 - No. 7. Friar Lawrence
> 10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75 - No. 8. Mercutio
> 10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75 - No. 9. Dance of the Antilles' Girls
> 10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75 - No. 10. Romeo and Juliet Before Parting

Album Summary

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Sonata for Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 1
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Sonata for Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 14
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Sonata for Piano no 3 in A minor, Op. 28
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Sonata for Piano no 4 in C minor, Op. 29
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Sonata for Piano no 5 in C major (Version 1), Op. 38
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Sonata for Piano no 6 in A major, Op. 82
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Sonata for Piano no 7 in B flat major, Op. 83
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Sonata for Piano no 8 in B flat major, Op. 84
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Sonata for Piano no 9 in C major, Op. 103
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Etudes (4) for piano, Op. 2
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Toccata for piano in D minor, Op. 11
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Sarcasms (5) for Piano, Op. 17
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Visions fugitives (20) for Piano, Op. 22
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Tales of an Old Grandmother, Op. 31
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Pieces (10) for Piano from "Romeo and Juliet", Op. 75
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Notes & Reviews:

This 4-CD collector's box features Matti Raekallio with piano solo music by Sergei Prokofiev, including a complete set of the nine Piano Sonatas. All recordings from this set were previously released to critical acclaim, including (10/10) accolades from ClassicsToday.com. David Hurwitz has hailed these sonata recordings as "maybe the finest complete survey of the sonatas available."

Pizzicato
If you have not already isolated disks or case appeared in 1999, here is a great opportunity to buy one of the best rounds of sonatas by Prokofiev. Everything contributes to achieving an absolutely superb sounding a little dry, a perfectly tuned instrument, and, of course, a very high level pianist.

Gramophone
As Bryce Morrison points out, there is abundant and big-name competition in these works. But how wonderful to welcome back these fine performances from Helsinki-born pianist Matti Raekallio. He teaches at Juilliard these days, but his students could do worse than avidly study this reissue from Ondine.

Gramophone
True, there is intense recorded competition for most of these works - for example, Argerich in the Toccata (DG) and Richter heard live in Sonatas Nos 2 and 8, taken from his first 1961 Festival Hall recital (BBC Legends, 3/09) - to take two key examples, but Matti Raekallio's album still makes for compulsive listening, achieving a keen sense of "works of art that are full of glittering razor-blades" (Picasso).

American Record Guide
It is well worth the cost... expect that you won't hear anyone playing this music more energetically and powerfully than [Raekallio] does.

Gramophone Magazine
Formidably played and well recorded, it will alert even the most seasoned listener to the conflicting elements of Prokofiev's always "difficult", prickly and volatile nature...[Raekallio] plays with a shot-from-guns virtuosity that carries all before it...[it] makes for compulsive listening, achieving a keen sense of "works of art that are full of glittering razor-blades" (Picasso).



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Works Details

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Sonata for Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 1
  • Performer: Matti Raekallio (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Sonata for Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 14
  • Performer: Matti Raekallio (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Sonata for Piano no 3 in A minor, Op. 28
  • Performer: Matti Raekallio (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Sonata for Piano no 4 in C minor, Op. 29
  • Performer: Matti Raekallio (Piano)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1908-1917

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Sonata for Piano no 5 in C major (Version 1), Op. 38
  • Performer: Matti Raekallio (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1923

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Sonata for Piano no 6 in A major, Op. 82
  • Performer: Matti Raekallio (Piano)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1939-1940

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Sonata for Piano no 7 in B flat major, Op. 83
  • Performer: Matti Raekallio (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1939-1942

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Sonata for Piano no 8 in B flat major, Op. 84
  • Performer: Matti Raekallio (Piano)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1939-1944

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Sonata for Piano no 9 in C major, Op. 103
  • Performer: Matti Raekallio (Piano)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1947

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Etudes (4) for piano, Op. 2
  • Performer: Matti Raekallio (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Toccata for piano in D minor, Op. 11
  • Performer: Matti Raekallio (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Sarcasms (5) for Piano, Op. 17
  • Performer: Matti Raekallio (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912-1914

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Visions fugitives (20) for Piano, Op. 22
  • Performer: Matti Raekallio (Piano)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915-1917

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Tales of an Old Grandmother, Op. 31
  • Performer: Matti Raekallio (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Pieces (10) for Piano from "Romeo and Juliet", Op. 75
  • Performer: Matti Raekallio (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1937.
  • Running Time: 31 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1937