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Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas Nos. 6 & 8

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The illustration shows the pianist in a black T-shirt and martial arts pose, fist outstretched. It's not as silly as it looks initially, since in the first movement of the Sixth Sonata, Prokofiev calls on the pianist to strike the keyboard with a clenched fist. Guy's aggressive pose reflects his power and energy, but it's not the whole story of his playing. He plays the climaxes of Prokofiev's scores with great power. He also captures the wistfulness of the Sixth Sonata's Allegretto (the calm after the storm), and makes sense out of the puzzling music in the Eighth Sonata's first movement. These performances cover the very wide range of Prokofiev's demands, and while François-Frédéric Guy isn't quite Sviatoslav Richter yet, he comes amazingly close to that legendary pianist's achievements. If only his label had used the blank space on this 57-minute CD to include the Seventh Sonata, this would be an irresistible disc. As it is, with its realistic, resonant sound, it's still very attractive. --Leslie Gerber

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Piano Sonata No. 6 in A major ('War Sonata 1'), Op. 82: Allegro moderato
  2. Piano Sonata No. 6 in A major ('War Sonata 1'), Op. 82: Allegretto
  3. Piano Sonata No. 6 in A major ('War Sonata 1'), Op. 82: Tempo di valzer lentissimo
  4. Piano Sonata No. 6 in A major ('War Sonata 1'), Op. 82: Vivace
  5. Piano Sonata No. 8 in B flat major ('War Sonata 3'), Op. 84: Andante dolce / Allegro moderato
  6. Piano Sonata No. 8 in B flat major ('War Sonata 3'), Op. 84: Andante sognando
  7. Piano Sonata No. 8 in B flat major ('War Sonata 3'), Op. 84: Vivace


Product Details

  • Performer: Sergei Prokofiev, Francois-Frederic Guy
  • Audio CD (March 12, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naive
  • ASIN: B00005S7V8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #891,647 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Surprised there are no reviews yet for this stellar recording. Some great playing, here.

Guy's approach has more of a lyrical bent to it when compared to, say, Raekallio's spikiness, but every conceivable bounce and jump in the music is played up for all its worth. Perhaps the last ounce of "slasher-mania" is missing but that's not to say unpredictability and tension have been vanquished. Far from it. It's just that Guy's brand of agro-schizophrenia is more likely to wear a sly smile than a scowl. And the music is all the more enriched for the interpretive angle.

The recorded sound is near ideal.
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