a brand new amazon buy as remembered a very positive Daily Telegraph review a year or so back + was keen to compare to Richter (live on DG), Pollini (on DG) + Glemser (on naxos). the good news is that Dukachev overcome's the "steel fingers" demands of Prokofiev's demanding,part percussive, part - introspective yet progressive post-Romantic sonatas as a fine interpreter and new alternative to the Pollini's classic version of no.7, Glemser's no.7 + Romeo + Juliet (1990's).
having been ad admirer of Prokofiev's exploratory but incisive sonatas for some years now - it always amazes me the public misses some key innovative yet undeniably enjoyable works - so it is with Sergei P's solo piano works. the Sonata's :No.2 (1912),No: 7 (1939-2) , Romeo + Juiliet (transcribed suite for piano- 1937)) + a selection of his more enigmatic works - the Visions Fugitives (1915-17). Dukachev impresses i the percussive, charged No.7, offers subtleties + insights in the Visiones Fugitives and Sonata No.2 aplenty. the only work he falls down slightly for me is his slightly skewed rhythms + lack of the full dynamics in the famous grandiose ending movement of Romeo + Juliet or the intensity needed in Sonata no.7 ,not quite matching Glemser's stamina or Pollini's articulation.
good sound quality + booklet notes add up to a decent new cd alternative for this essential 20thc piano repertoire.