[ Hyperion / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 31 January 2020
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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 of the twentieth century.
"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" Gramophone Editor's Choice Feb 2020
"As ever with this fine Scottish pianist, the articulation has a pellucid clarity, the delicacy of his touch letting each movement bloom in its own way. I can't imagine a more authoritative - and at the same time more sympathetic - account of these works" International Piano
"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. There are so many towering performances of these harrowing works…but I believe Steven Osborne caps them all…This is legendary stuff." Five Stars BBC Music Chamber Choice March 2020
Piano Sonata No 6 in A major Op 82
Piano Sonata No 7 in B flat major Op 83
Piano Sonata No 8 in B flat major Op 84