Content:

Sergei Prokofiev
Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-9
Romeo and Juliet · Visions fugitives
Sarcasms · Other works for piano



Artists:
Matti Raekallio, piano

Genres:
Instrumental

Features:

Boxed set of 4 CDs; booklet with liner notes in English by the performing artist

Format:
CD

Released:
April 2011 (Finland)
May 2011 (internationally)

Catalogue No.:
ODE 1103-2Q

EAN/UPC Code:
0761195110324

Track listing

CD 1 70:07
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
1 Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 1 7:52
Piano Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 14 18:26
2 I. Allegro, ma non troppo 6:25
3 II. Scherzo: Allegro marcato 2:02
4 III. Andante 5:47
5 IV. Vivace - Moderato - Vivace 4:20
6 Piano Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 28 ("from the old notebooks") 8:26
Piano Sonata No. 4 in C minor, Op. 29 ("from the old notebooks") 17:38
7 I. Allegro molto sostenuto 5:39
8 II. Andante assai 8:18
9 III. Allegro con brio, ma non leggiere 3:41
Piano Sonata No. 5 in C major (original version), Op. 38 16:49
10 I. Allegro tranquillo 5:48
11 II. Andantino 5:46
12 III. Un poco allegretto 5:15


CD 2 74:43
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
Piano Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 82 ("War Sonata I") 27:18
1 I. Allegro moderato 8:55
2 II. Allegretto 4:03
3 III. Tempo di valzer lentissimo 7:35
4 IV. Vivace 6:45
Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 83 ("War Sonata II") 18:01
5 I. Allegro inquieto - Andantino 8:06
6 II. Andante caloroso 6:54
7 III. Precipitato 3:01
Piano Sonata No. 8 in B flat major, Op. 84 ("War Sonata III") 28:56
8 I. Andante dolce - Allegro moderato - Andante dolce, come prima - Allegro 15:10
9 II. Andante sognando 4:15
10 III. Vivace - Allegro ben marcato - Andantino - Vivace, come prima 9:31


CD 3 50:41
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
Piano Sonata No. 9 in C major, Op. 103 23:27
1 I. Allegretto 7:33
2 II. Allegro strepitoso - Andantino - Allegro strepitoso 3:13
3 III. Andante tranquillo 7:06
4 IV. Allegro con brio, ma non troppo presto 5:31
Etudes, Op. 2 10:17
5 I. Etude in D minor (Allegro) 2:32
6 II. Etude in E minor (Moderato) 2:25
7 III. Etude in C minor (Andante semplice - Presto) 3:41
8 IV. Etude in C minor (Presto energico) 1:39
9 Toccata in D minor, Op. 11 4:13
Sarcasms, Op. 17 12:05
10 I. Tempestoso 2:28
11 II. Allegro rubato 1:16
12 III. Allegro precipitato 1:58
13 IV. Smanioso 3:02
14 V. Precipitosissimo 3:21


CD 4 68:52
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
Visions fugitives, Op. 22 26:01
1 I. Lentamente 1:13
2 II. Andante 1:27
3 III. Allegretto 1:05
4 IV. Animato 0:54
5 V. Molto giocoso 0:21
6 VI. Con eleganza 0:27
7 VII. Pittoresco (Arpa) 2:01
8 VIII. Commodo 1:45
9 IX. Allegretto tranquillo 1:07
10 X. Ridicolosamente 1:00
11 XI. Con vivacitÓ 1:07
12 XII. Assai moderato 1:17
13 XIII. Allegretto 0:51
14 XIV. Feroce 1:02
15 XV. Inquieto 0:42
16 XVI. Dolente 2:22
17 XVII. Poetico 1:36
18 XVIII. Con una dolce lentezza 1:59
19 XIX. Presto agitatissimo e molto accentuato 0:42
20 XX. Lento irrealmente 2:59
Tales of an Old Grandmother, Op. 31 9:36
21 I. Moderato 2:51
22 II. Andantino 1:20
23 III. Andante assai 2:54
24 IV. Sostenuto 2:30
Romeo and Juliet: Ten Pieces for Piano, Op. 75 32:48
25 I. Folk Dance 4:31
26 II. Scene: The Street Awakens 1:27
27 III. Minuet: Arrival of the Guests 2:47
28 IV. The Young Juliet 3:31
29 V. Masks 2:10
30 VI. The Montagues and the Capulets 3:47
31 VII. Friar Laurence 2:18
32 VIII. Mercutio 2:13
33 IX. Dance of the Girls with Lilies 2:32
34 X. Romeo Bids Juliet Farewell 7:27



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Press review

Matti Raekallio (...) plays with a shot-from-guns virtuosity that carries all before it.
Bryce Morrison, Gramophone, October 2011, 'Reissue of the Month'

Voici l'occasion rêvée d'acheter un des meilleurs cycles des Sonates de Prokofiev. Tout y concourt pour une réalisation absolument superbe.

Rémy Franck, Pizzicato, Octobre 2011

Die (...) Edition jedem Hörer zu empfehlen, der alle neun Sonaten auf CD sein eigen nennen möchte - und darüber hinaus ein erkleckliches Maß an Prokofieff-Repertoire als Zugabe erhält.
Peter Cossé, Klassik Heute, 20.6.2011

Raekallion soitto on pidäkkeettömän lennokasta, voimallisesti muotoiltua, määrätietoisesti väritettyä ja erehtymättömän taiturillista. Lyyristä tyyneyttä ja romanttisuuteenkin taipuvaa lempeyttä löytyy, vaikka murskaava vasarointi puskeekin pintaan liian herkästi.
Jukka Isopuro, Helsingin Sanomat, 30.4.2011


Complete description

This 4-CD collector's box features Matti Raekallio with piano solo music by Sergei Prokofiev, including a complete set of the nine Piano Sonatas. Also included are the famous Ten Pieces for Piano from Romeo and Juliet, Visions fugitives, and Sarcasms, as well as further cycles and popular piano pieces. All recordings from this set were previously released to great critical acclaim, including (10/10) accolades from ClassicsToday.com. David Hurwitz has hailed these sonata recordings as "maybe the finest complete survey of the sonatas available".

Finnish-born pianist Matti Raekallio has built an international reputation particularly upon making these Prokofiev recordings between 1988 and 1999 ("I don't think there's any other pianist who has surveyed significant chunks of this repertoire with a sharper ear for the way that details of texture, rhythm, and articulation interact." - Fanfare Magazine, March/April 2000). A prolific pedagogue, Matti Raekallio joined in 2007 the faculty of the Juilliard School in New York, having previously held professorships at Western Michigan University, as well as in Helsinki, Stockholm, and Hanover.