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Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Scriabin, Stravinsky, Prokofiev / Grigory Sokolov, piano

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in A minor, D 784/Op. 143
>Schumann, Robert : Carnaval, Op. 9
>Chopin, Frédéric : Mazurka for piano no 13 in A minor, Op. 17/4, CT. 63
>Chopin, Frédéric : Etude for piano no 8 in F major, Op. 10/8, CT. 21
>Chopin, Frédéric : Etude for piano no 13 in A flat major, Op. 25/1, CT. 26
>Scriabin, Alexander : Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 8
>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 9 in F major, Op. 68 "Black Mass"
>Stravinsky, Igor : Movements (3) from Pétrouchka
>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
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Melodiya continues to acquaint music lovers with Grigory Sokolov, the St. Petersburg pianist who has been known to Russian and foreign audiences for nearly half a century. Since his victory at the 3rd Int'l Tchaikovsky Competition, Mr. Sokolov has been attracting the attention of music connoisseurs with the depth and freshness of his renditions that always combine a recognizable, individual pianistic style with full immersion in the world of the performed work. The recordings featured in this set embrace a crucial 20-year period (1969-88) in this outstanding artist's career.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
Six encores further enrich this recital. Scriabin's Poemes Op. 69:1 and 2; two Chopin Mazurkas; Rameau's 'Sauvages', and Bach's Chorale Prelude 'Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ'. Both Scriabin pieces are from his late "mystery chord" style. The second set gives us some earlier Sokolov from Russia. Here it is made interesting by the extra attention paid dynamics and the added excitement of sharp contrasts of tempo and accents in all three movements. It is a virtuosic performance some may decry but others (including me) will see as a fresh and enlightening approach.



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>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in A minor, D 784/Op. 143
  • Performer: Grigory Sokolov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 02/1823

>Schumann, Robert : Carnaval, Op. 9
  • Performer: Grigory Sokolov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 23 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1833-1835

>Chopin, Frédéric : Mazurka for piano no 13 in A minor, Op. 17/4, CT. 63
  • Performer: Grigory Sokolov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1832-1833

>Chopin, Frédéric : Etude for piano no 8 in F major, Op. 10/8, CT. 21
  • Performer: Grigory Sokolov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1832

>Chopin, Frédéric : Etude for piano no 13 in A flat major, Op. 25/1, CT. 26
  • Performer: Grigory Sokolov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1835-1837

>Scriabin, Alexander : Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 8
  • Performer: Grigory Sokolov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 9 in F major, Op. 68 "Black Mass"
  • Performer: Grigory Sokolov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912-1913
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Stravinsky, Igor : Movements (3) from Pétrouchka
  • Performer: Grigory Sokolov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for Piano no 7 in B flat major ("War Sonata 2/Stalingrad"), Op. 83
  • Performer: Grigory Sokolov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939-1942

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for Piano no 8 in B flat major ("War Sonata 3"), Op. 84
  • Performer: Grigory Sokolov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939-1944
  • Studio/Live: Live