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Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas Nos. 2, 7, & 8 ~ Pletnev


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listen  1. Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.7 in B flat, Op.83 - 1. Allegro inquieto - Andantino - Allegro inquieto - Andantino - Allegro inquieto 9:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  3. Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.7 in B flat, Op.83 - 3. Precipitato 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.2 in D minor, Op.14 - 1. Allegro ma non troppo 6:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.2 In D Minor, Op.14 - 2. Scherzo: Allegro marcato 2:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.2 in D minor, Op.14 - 3. Andante 5:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.2 in D minor, Op.14 - 4. Vivace 4:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.8 in B flat, Op.84 - 1. Andante dolce - Allegro moderato - Andante - Andante dolce come prima - Allegro14:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.8 in B flat, Op.84 - 2. Andante sognando 4:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.8 in B flat, Op.84 - 3. Vivace - Allegro ben marcato - Andantino - Vivace10:46$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Performer: Mikhail Pletnev
  • Composer: Sergey Prokofiev
  • Audio CD (May 12, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000006NXO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,368 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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There are two sides to Pletnev's character: the wayward virtuoso pianist, and the stiff, metronomic conductor. As a pianist Pletnev is fascinating; as a conductor, boring (at least usually). The reason for this dichotomy is simple: he hasn't a clue how to make an orchestra do what his fingers accomplish so effortlessly at the keyboard. Take the music of Prokofiev: he has recorded the ballet Cinderella, a performance of no particular distinction. But these sonatas are another matter entirely. Brilliant, rhapsodic, exciting, and powerful, Pletnev turns in magnificent performances, ones that stand comparison (in the 7th and 8th sonatas) with Richter, Pollini--you name it. It doesn't get any better. And as great Prokofiev sonata discs aren't exactly thick and furious in the current catalogue, this disc is a mandatory acquisition. --David Hurwitz

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Pontus T. on August 27, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Having recently posted a jubilant review of Pletnev's epoch-making reworkings and executions of Mussorgsky's Pictures and Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty--'A Pianistic Feast of Orchestral Colours Served in Demonstration Sound'--I am sad to report that this Prokofiev Sonatas disc is extraordinarily mundane and tame in comparison.

There is no doubt that Pletnev possesses some of the most formidable pianistic powers; the same certainly holds true for Prokofiev's Seventh and Eighth Sonatas. Alas, the present recording at its very best gives a few subtle hints to confirm this. The most telling evidence to prove my point is to be found in the Seventh's third movement Precipitato--one of the most swinging and rocking pieces in the piano literature--where Pletnev's playing is so much held back that you barely manage to notice the ingenious 7/8 measure; or perhaps even more so in the Eighth's massive first movement--perhaps the greatest of its kind since Beethoven's Hammerklavier--where the extreme contrasts in character, pace and dynamics (in short, power!) are so severely suppressed as to almost verge on indifference.

Even the youthful Second Sonata fares along in a similar manner, though the exquisite third movement gladly gets a sufficiently haunting rendition out of Pletnev--one of the few highpoints of this disc. To experience the full scale of this music's (to put it mildly) considerable powers, try the grossly underrated
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 31, 2006
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Scriabin and Prokofiev are staples of the Russian piano literature on native soil, but in the U.S. one rarely hears them in recital. It's good to have this thoughtful CD from Pletnev, because his relaxed, lyrical, inward manner is rarely heard in Prokofiev. Most pianists approach his keyborad idiom as percussive and disjointed. Pletnev keeps those features to a minimum. As a result, it's not exhausting to listen to him performing three sonatas in a row. The opening movement of Sonata #2 is almost debussian in his hands, Sonata #7 for once isn't a brittle assault, and Sonata #8 is as balletic as an out take from Romeo and Juliet.

Collectors of this music are already wedded to great performances from Richter (above all), Gilels, Graffman, Bronfman, and ohters, but Pletnev is the most original interpreter I've heard--as always, he goes his own way.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M. Young on March 10, 2000
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Pletnev's renditions of these sonatas has a melodic, sometimes dream-like quality that works best on the slower movements and works against him somewhat in the fiery, mechanistic parts. The complex layering in the 3rd movement seems to get a bit muddled and lost but overall it's not a bad version. A wonderful gem on this CD is the Scherzo from the 2nd sonata. It is very entertaining and I'd say the 2nd sonata is the best thing on the disc. By the way, my favorite rendition of the 7th is by Anthony di Bonaventura, but it's apparently no longer available.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rocks on April 6, 2010
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Granted, a bit atonal. But, very interesting and it will grow on you. Well played. Prokofiev will grow on you.
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