Prokofiev Sonatas

Elise Båtnes, Håvard Gimse

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Original Recording Format: DXD

There is a pragmatism in Sergei Prokofiev’s music. It may have been needed to survive as an artist in the society that shaped him as a musician — in any case, it enabled him to manoeuvre between many musical formats. When he was admitted to the conservatory in St. Petersburg in his early teenage years, Prokofiev had some shorter piano works to his credit and alternated between writing isolated character pieces, vocal music and classical forms. Later, he would broaden his repertoire to include opera, ballet and symphonies.

Perhaps it was more a matter of musical temperament than politics. Prokofiev graduated from the conservatory both as composer and concert pianist, and when hearing him play his own piano music, it is clear that he is in pursuit of a sound in the instrument that is just as even and equal as the free tonality he is exploring. A similar equality of roles of the instruments developed in his work over time and distinguishes both the first and second violin sonata. There is at the same time in this all-encompassing harmonisation a perpetual undercurrent of restlessness that finds expression especially in the many and sudden turns in the harmonies.

Tracklist

1.
Violin Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 94 - I. Moderato
08:26
2.
Violin Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 94 - II. Presto
04:56
3.
Violin Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 94 - III. Andante
03:44
4.
Violin Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 94 - IV. Allegro con brio
07:05
5.
5 Mélodies, Op. 35 - I. Andante
02:26
6.
5 Mélodies, Op. 35 - II. Lento, ma non troppo
02:38
7.
5 Mélodies, Op. 35 - III. Animato, ma non allegro
03:26
8.
5 Mélodies, Op. 35 - IV. Andantino, un poco scherzando
01:20
9.
5 Mélodies, Op. 35 - V. Andante non troppo
03:08
10.
Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80 - I. Andante assai
06:51
11.
Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80 - II. Allegro brusco
06:54
12.
Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80 - III. Andante
06:57
13.
Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80 - IV. Allegrissimo
07:18

Total time: 01:05:09

Additional information

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LWC1118

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Mastering Engineer

Thomas Wolden

Original Recording Format

Producer

Vegard Landaas

Recording Engineer

Thomas Wolden

Recording location

Sofienberg Church, Oslo, Norway on December 18-20, 2014

Recording Software

Merging

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DXD

Release Date December 16, 2016

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Sonograma Magazine

“A charming duo that highlights the genius of Serguei Prokofiev.”

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