Sergei Prokofiev – Prokofiev: Violin Sonata No. 1, Op. 80 – Sonata Op. 94 (2023)
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In the 1930s, profoundly homesick, Prokofiev was wooed back to Russia—by now the USSR ruled by Stalin—with official promises that he would enjoy not only such privileges as being allowed to tour regularly in the West, but would also play a leading role in rebuilding Soviet music after the ravages of the cultural revolution of the late 1920s. Thus, in 1936, he finally settled in Moscow with his wife and two young sons.
Within less than a year, Stalin’s so-called ‘Great Terror’ was unleashed, involving several million arrests by the NKVD secret police, most famously of Shostakovich’s patron Marshal Mikhaíl Tukhachevsky. Several colleagues of Prokofiev’s were also taken. On 20 April 1937 Vladimir Mutnykh, general director of the Bolshoi Theatre who had commissioned Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet, was arrested. Adrian Piotrovsky, co-librettist of Romeo and Juliet, followed on 10 July 1937. Nataliya Sats, who had commissioned Peter and the Wolf and so successfully narrated it, was arrested on 21 August. Nikolai Zhilyayev, a composer, scholar and staunch champion of Prokofiev’s work, was arrested on 3 November. Apart from Nataliya Sats (who, after time in a labour camp, was released in 1942, though she was not allowed to return to Moscow until 1958, five years after Prokofiev’s death), none of these former colleagues was ever seen again: it is now known that they were all shot just months after their arrest.
1-1. Sergei Prokofiev – Violin Sonata No. 1, Op. 80: I. Andante assai (06:56)
1-2. Sergei Prokofiev – Violin Sonata No. 1, Op. 80: II. Allegro brusco (06:54)
1-3. Sergei Prokofiev – Violin Sonata No. 1, Op. 80: III. Andante (07:09)
1-4. Sergei Prokofiev – Violin Sonata No. 1, Op. 80: IV. Allegrissimo (07:07)
1-5. Sergei Prokofiev – Sonata Op. 94: I. Moderato (07:36)
1-6. Sergei Prokofiev – Sonata Op. 94: II. Scherzo. Presto (04:57)
1-7. Sergei Prokofiev – Sonata Op. 94: III. Andante (03:33)
1-8. Sergei Prokofiev – Sonata Op. 94: Allegro con brio (06:56)