Denis Kozhukhin, Piano
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|Haydn:||Keyboard Sonata in D Major, Hob. XVI:24|
|Brahms:||Seven Fantasias Op. 116|
|Schubert:||Four Impromptus D. 899|
|Prokofiev:||Piano Sonata No. 8 in B-flat Major, Op. 84|
Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 8 belies the stress of the composer’s forced evacuation of Russia in the face of German invasion. Each movement exhibits broad lyricism, even in the driving finale, and Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin “has a way of bringing out the detail of the inner parts that highlights the drama instead of distracting from it” (BBC Music Magazine). The Queen Elisabeth Competition winner’s program also includes Brahms’s Seven Fantasias and Schubert’s D. 899 Impromptus, both of which similarly mix soaring melodies with intense rhythms.