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Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-9

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  1. Prokofiev — Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 1 $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Prokofiev — Piano Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 14: I. Allegro, ma non troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Prokofiev — Piano Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 14: II. Scherzo: Allegro marcato $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Prokofiev — Piano Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 14: III. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Prokofiev — Piano Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 14: IV. Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Prokofiev — Piano Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 28 $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Prokofiev — Piano Sonata No. 4 in C minor, Op. 29: I. Allegro molto sostenuto $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Prokofiev — Piano Sonata No. 4 in C minor, Op. 29: II. Andante assai $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Prokofiev — Piano Sonata No. 4 in C minor, Op. 29: III. Allegro con brio, ma non leggiere $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Prokofiev — Piano Sonata No. 5 in C major, Op. 38: I. Allegro tranquillo $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Prokofiev — Piano Sonata No. 5 in C major, Op. 38: II. Andantino $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Prokofiev — Piano Sonata No. 5 in C major, Op. 38: III. Un poco allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Prokofiev — Piano Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 82: I. Allegro moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Prokofiev — Piano Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 82: II. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Prokofiev — Piano Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 82: III. Tempo di valzer lentissimo $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Prokofiev — Piano Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 82: IV. Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Prokofiev — Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 83: I. Allegro inquieto $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Prokofiev — Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 83: II. Andante caloroso $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Prokofiev — Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 83: III. Precipitato $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Prokofiev — Piano Sonata No. 8 in B flat major, Op. 84: I. Andante dolce
  21. Prokofiev — Piano Sonata No. 8 in B flat major, Op. 84: II. Andante sognando $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Prokofiev — Piano Sonata No. 8 in B flat major, Op. 84: III. Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Prokofiev — Piano Sonata No. 9 in C major, Op. 103: I. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Prokofiev — Piano Sonata No. 9 in C major, Op. 103: II. Allegro strepitoso $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Prokofiev — Piano Sonata No. 9 in C major, Op. 103: III. Andante tranquillo $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Prokofiev — Piano Sonata No. 9 in C major, Op. 103: IV. Allegro con brio, ma non troppo presto $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Prokofiev — 4 Etudes, Op. 2: No. 1. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Prokofiev — 4 Etudes, Op. 2: No. 2. Moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Prokofiev — 4 Etudes, Op. 2: No. 3. Andante semplice - Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Prokofiev — 4 Etudes, Op. 2: No. 4. Presto energico $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Prokofiev — Toccata in D minor, Op. 11 $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Prokofiev — Sarcasms, Op. 17: I. Tempestoso $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Prokofiev — Sarcasms, Op. 17: II. Allegro rubato $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Prokofiev — Sarcasms, Op. 17: III. Allegro precipitato $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Prokofiev — Sarcasms, Op. 17: IV. Smanioso $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Prokofiev — Sarcasms, Op. 17: V. Precipitosissimo $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Prokofiev — Visions fugitives, Op. 22: I. Lentamente $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Prokofiev — Visions fugitives, Op. 22: II. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  39. Prokofiev — Visions fugitives, Op. 22: III. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  40. Prokofiev — Visions fugitives, Op. 22: IV. Animato $0.99 on iTunes
  41. Prokofiev — Visions fugitives, Op. 22: V. Molto giocoso $0.99 on iTunes
  42. Prokofiev — Visions fugitives, Op. 22: VI. Con eleganza $0.99 on iTunes
  43. Prokofiev — Visions fugitives, Op. 22: VII. Pittoresco $0.99 on iTunes
  44. Prokofiev — Visions fugitives, Op. 22: VIII. Commodo $0.99 on iTunes
  45. Prokofiev — Visions fugitives, Op. 22: IX. Allegretto tranquillo $0.99 on iTunes
  46. Prokofiev — Visions fugitives, Op. 22: X. Ridicolosamente $0.99 on iTunes
  47. Prokofiev — Visions fugitives, Op. 22: XI. Con vivacita $0.99 on iTunes
  48. Prokofiev — Visions fugitives, Op. 22: XII. Assai moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  49. Prokofiev — Visions fugitives, Op. 22: XIII. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  50. Prokofiev — Visions fugitives, Op. 22: XIV. Feroce $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 1
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 14
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for Piano no 3 in A minor ("From Old Notebooks"), Op. 28
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for Piano no 4 in C minor, Op. 29
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for Piano no 5 in C major (Version 1), Op. 38
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for Piano no 6 in A major ("War Sonata 1"), Op. 82
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for Piano no 7 in B flat major ("War Sonata 2/Stalingrad"), Op. 83
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for Piano no 8 in B flat major ("War Sonata 3"), Op. 84
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for Piano no 9 in C major, Op. 103
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Etudes (4) for piano, Op. 2
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Toccata for piano in D minor, Op. 11
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sarcasms (5), for piano, Op. 17
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Visions fugitives (20), for piano, Op. 22
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Tales of an Old Grandmother, for piano, Op. 31
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Romeo and Juliet, pieces (10) for piano, 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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>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 1
  • Performer: Matti Raekallio (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1907

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

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for Piano no 3 in A minor ("From Old Notebooks"), Op. 28
  • Performer: Matti Raekallio (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1907

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

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

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for Piano no 6 in A major ("War Sonata 1"), Op. 82
  • Performer: Matti Raekallio (Piano)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939-1940

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for Piano no 7 in B flat major ("War Sonata 2/Stalingrad"), Op. 83
  • Performer: Matti Raekallio (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939-1942

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for Piano no 8 in B flat major ("War Sonata 3"), Op. 84
  • Performer: Matti Raekallio (Piano)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939-1944

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

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

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

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

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

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

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Romeo and Juliet, pieces (10) for piano, Op. 75
  • Performer: Matti Raekallio (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1937.
  • Running Time: 31 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937