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Release Date: Tuesday 1 October 2013
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Recording the complete Prokofiev Sonatas with pianist Peter Donohoe had been a long-cherished ambition of SOMM's Owner and Recording Producer, Siva Oke, who had followed his illustrious career with keen interest for many years. This has now been realised with the complete recording of the Sonatas for SOMM, enjoyably recorded at Southampton University's Turner Sims Concert Hall on their magnificent Steinway Grand, which Peter considers ideally responsive to the composer's demands, both technically and musically.
Peter is no stranger to the Prokofiev Sonatas. He was asked by the publishers Boosey & Hawkes to prepare the definitive edition of the scores for them in 1985 and he also recorded Sonatas 6, 7 and 8 for EMI back in 1990. He has now added Sonatas 1 to 5 and 9 in this complete recording for the SOMM catalogue, for the first time.
He has, however, performed all the Sonatas in recital at some time or other over the years, and he feels - or with typical humility he thinks - that he has come as close to them as is possible for works of such infinite depth and stylistic complexity.
Peter has written the CD liner notes for this first volume as well as the rest of the cycle, in a relaxed, informed and affectionate manner.
"Donohoe absolutely nails the Fifth Sonata's Andantino to a proverbial tee...Evidently Donohoe harbours great affection for this underrated, attractively French-tinged masterpiece." - Gramophone
"Donohoe's detailed, readable liner-notes make his disc even more desirable; factor in sonics that come close to those achieved by class-leaders Hyperion and you have a formidable package. Roll on Volume 2. Top-notch Prokofiev, commandingly played; this is as good as it gets." (MusicWeb Recording of the Month Sept 2013)
Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 1
Piano Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 14
Piano Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 28
Piano Sonata No. 4 in C minor, Op. 29
Piano Sonata No. 5 in C major (original version), Op. 38