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Prokofiev: War Sonatas

Sonatas 6, 7 & 8

Boris Giltburg - piano

Orchid Classics ORC 100023

There is ample justification for recording these popular sonatas together; their ten movements were conceived in 1939 and worked on together. Giltburg finds them "a performing experience unique for a pianist's fingers as well as for the imagination."

Recorded in England, my session illustration from the back cover is of Giltburg checking a take with engineer Simon Eadon, photographed by Alla Giltburg.

With up to date recording equipment at Wyastone Lees, this new recording (January 2012) is competitive with the many others before and since Barbara Nissman's first recording of all the sonatas.

Key works in the piano repertoire; recommended.

Peter Grahame woolf