Prokofiev - Piano Sonatas 6, 7 & 8 | Hyperion CDA68298

Prokofiev - Piano Sonatas 6, 7 & 8


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Label: Hyperion

Cat No: CDA68298

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 31st January 2020



The challenges of Prokofiev’s ‘War Sonatas’ trilogy may be fearsome, but Steven Osborne is one of those rare musicians who can bring light and clarity (as well as phenomenal reserves of power and concentration) to bear on some of the most ferociously volatile and brilliant piano music written in the twentieth century.


Steven Osborne’s assured mastery in a wide range of repertoire continues to expand and amaze. At first hearing, the pianist seems to be imparting a fresh spin to these frequently recorded sonatas. Closer scrutiny, however, reveals the extent to which Osborne takes Prokofiev’s texts seriously. ... Osborne is at his best in Sonata No 8. ... no pianist in my experience has matched Osborne’s finale for acuity of touch, pinpoint transparency and airborne suppleness.  Jed Distler
Gramophone February 2020
From first electrifying note-punch to last, with so much poetry and poignancy in between, this is a tour de force of pianism highlighting what seems more than ever like the great sonata sequence of the 20th century. ... Osborne’s choices in tempos and tone colour seem infallible. ... this is legendary stuff.  David Nice (Instrumental Choice)
BBC Music Magazine March 2020
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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