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Prokofiev: Raekallio (Piano Sonatas) Box set

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  • Conductor: -
  • Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
  • Audio CD (31 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Ondine
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 304,643 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-4
2. Piano Sonata No. 5, (Original Version)
Disc: 2
1. Piano Sonatas Nos. 6-8, ('War Sonatas')
Disc: 3
1. Piano Sonata No. 9
2. Four Etudes
3. Toccata
4. Sarcasms
Disc: 4
1. Visions Fugitives
2. Tales of an Old Grandmother
3. Romeo and Juliet: Ten Pieces for Piano

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CD Description

This 4-CD collectors box features Matti Raekallio with piano solo music by Sergei Prokofiev, including a complete set of the nine Piano Sonatas. Finnish-born pianist Matti Raekallio has built an international reputation particularly upon his reference interpretations of Prokofievs piano music. A prolific pedagogue, he 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. 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 solo pieces . All recordings were previously released to highest acclaim.


Virtuosity and resolve in a reissued cycle of Prokofiev's nine piano sonatas. --Gramophoone,Oct'11

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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Derek Pryce on 12 Dec. 2012
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I am a great fan of Prokofiev's music, especially his piano output. I was looking forward to listening to these CDs, to compare them to other recordings I have. And I have to say I am somewhat disappointed. Let me explain.

The painist has great technical skills and generally produces good performances. What disturbs me is the extremes of boom in the base - I know Prokofiev's music is strident and angular but these extremes of base are not in balance with the rest of the music.

I have noticed that the recordings span several different sessions in different locations over quite a few years. Different engineers have been used to produce the recordings so I suspect the problems are to do with recording than with the actual performances. I have tried the CDs with several different set of hifi equipment, including a £700 amp, £400 CD player and £2000 speakers - so it's not my equipment.

So, if you do go ahead and get these CDs be advised that some of the recordings are a bit disappointing.

But still worth the money.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
worth every penny! 9 May 2012
By Mauro Chiappe - Published on
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I am going trough a Prokofiev period in my 50 plus long career as a classical music enthusiast.
I strongly recommend this collection.
The quality of the recording and of the playing is superb.
It is not the only version that I own and I think of it highly.
You do yourself a favor if you buy it and share it with friends as I did.
11 of 18 people found the following review helpful
AU FIL DU RASOIR 18 Oct. 2011
By PVP - Published on
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Ce coffret de 4 CD enregistré par Matti Raekallio contient la totalité des sonates pour piano composées par Prokoviev
Cela serait en soi suffisant ; on y trouve également : quatre Etudes, Op. 2 ; la Toccata in D minor, Op. 11 ; les Sarcasms (5), Op. 17, les Visions fugitives, Op. 22 ; les contes d'un vieille grand mère, Op. 31 et 10 Pièces de Roméo et Juliette, Op. 75.

Le pianiste finlandais Matti Raekallio s'est bâti une solide réputation internationale, en particulier lors de ses interprétations de référence précisément du répertoire de Prokofiev. Pédagogue prolifique, il a rejoint en 2007 la faculté de la Juilliard School à New York, après avoir été professeur à l'Université Western Michigan, ainsi qu'à celles d'Helsinki, Stockholm, et Hanovre.

Tous ces enregistrements publiés séparément ont été encensés par la critique.

" [Raekallio] joue avec une virtuosité en "tir-de-canons" qui emporte tout ... [il] joue pour une écoute compulsive, jouissant d'un sens aigu des «aeuvres d'art qui sont pleines de brillantes lames de rasoir" (Picasso) " - Gramophone Ed. 10/11

Très beau piano, pétillant comme l'âme russe.

Tranchant comme une lame de rasoir, précisément !
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Tremendous performances. I had heard about them for years ... 22 Dec. 2014
By Greg Vitercik - Published on
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Tremendous performances. I had heard about them for years and was blown away when I finally heard them.
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