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Piano Sonatas Nos. 4, 7 & 9

Alexander Melnikov
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    “This first volume in the complete cycle must already be given pride of place in the discography,” declared Classica magazine upon the release of Prokofiev’s Sonatas nos. 2, 6, and 8 (awarded a “Choc” in 2016). With this new volume, Alexandre Melnikov has chosen to delve into three distinct periods of the composer’s career, ranging from the dazzling though seldom-heard no. 4 to the magisterial no. 9. Inbetween those two, the sonata no. 7 once again evokes the troubled atmosphere characteristic of the three so-called “war sonatas.” Sviatoslav Richter claimed to have learned the piece in a mere four days!

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    Choc de Classica


    SERGEY PROKOFIEV [1891-1953]
    Piano Sonata No. 7, Op. 83
    B-flat Major / Si bémol majeur / B-Dur

    · I. Allegro inquieto (8'17)
    · II. Andante caloroso (6'30)
    · III. Precipitato (3'48)
    Piano Sonata No. 4, Op. 29
    C Minor / ut mineur / c-Moll

    · I. Allegro molto sostenuto (5'31)
    · II. Andante assai (7'12)
    · III. Allegro con brio, ma non leggiere (3'46)
    Piano Sonata No. 9, Op. 103
    C Major / Ut majeur / C-Dur

    · I. Allegretto (7'49)
    · II. Allegro strepitoso (2'35)
    · III. Andante tranquillo (7'23)
    · IV. Allegro con brio, ma non troppo presto (5'22)

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