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Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 3

Peter Donohoe

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Piano Sonata No. 6 in A Major, Op. 82  
I. Allegro moderato
Sergei Prokofiev; Peter Donohoe
II. Allegretto
Sergei Prokofiev; Peter Donohoe
III. Tempo di valzer lentissimo
Sergei Prokofiev; Peter Donohoe
IV. Vivace
Sergei Prokofiev; Peter Donohoe
Piano Sonata No. 7 in B Flat Major, Op. 83  
I. Allegro inquieto - Poco meno - Andantino
Sergei Prokofiev; Peter Donohoe
II. Andante caloroso - Poco più animato - più largamente - Un poco agitato
Sergei Prokofiev; Peter Donohoe
III. Precipitato
Sergei Prokofiev; Peter Donohoe
Piano Sonata No. 8 in B Flat Major, Op. 84  
I. Andante dolce - Allegro moderato - Andante dolce, come prima - Allegro
Sergei Prokofiev; Peter Donohoe
II. Andante sognando
Sergei Prokofiev; Peter Donohoe
III. Vivace - Allegro ben marcato - Andantino - Vivace, come prima
Sergei Prokofiev; Peter Donohoe
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Total Playing Time    69:56
"One feels a profundity of thought behind these interpretations: a lifetime’s pondering, indeed ... they fly from the page all the more freely for that."
- The Sunday Times

British pianist Peter Donohoe concludes his highly-praised cycle of Prokofiev's complete piano sonatas with this third volume, containing pieces written consecutively during World War II, reflecting on and reacting to the horrors of the titanic struggle against Hitler. History inspired Prokofiev to compose some of his greatest music, expressed through his own instrument, the piano, producing the central work of the trilogy, the Sonata No. 7, his most famous and brilliant piano composition. The beautiful Sixth Sonata is more personal and inward-looking, contemplative and moving, while the Symphony No. 8 anticipates a post-war world in which all conflict on Russian soil will have ceased.

"Prokofiev was creating these major works throughout his career: all of them are major and some are still underrated ... I am delighted to have had the chance of recording ... the complete cycle at last."
- Peter Donohoe
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – SOMM Recordings Studio Masters

Recorded at the Turner Sims Concert Hall on September 23 and 24, 2014
Recording producer: Siva Oke
Recording engineer: Paul Arden-Taylor
Front cover: Peter Donohoe © Sussie Ahlburg
Design and layout: Andrew Giles

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