Recorded on 04/13/2011, uploaded on 10/07/2011
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In 1939, Prokofiev started composing his Piano Sonatas Nos. 6, 7, and 8, Opp. 82–84, widely known today as the "War Sonatas." These sonatas contain some of Prokofiev's most dissonant music for the piano. Biographer Daniel Jaffé has argued that Prokofiev, "having forced himself to compose a cheerful evocation of the nirvana Stalin wanted everyone to believe he had created" (i.e. in Zdravitsa), then subsequently, in these three sonatas, "expressed his true feelings". It was therefore ironic that Sonata No. 7 received a Stalin Prize.
The Seventh Sonata opens with an Allegro Inquieto. An agitated opening subject leads to a quieter Andantino section. After a fierce development section, the two principal themes are reversed in the recapitulation. The central Andante Caloroso is hypnotic, almost Impressionistic but with a sense of unease. This movement contains some of Prokofiev's most beautiful writing for the keyboard. The Precipitato finale is often fierce, and speaks clearly of the sounds of war and danger. The movement concludes with the ultimate rapid fire virtuosic display in a clear and affirmative B-flat major – a ray of hope to the Russian people at one of their darkest hours and a daunting technical challenge to any pianist who essays this monumental score! Dror Biran
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
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