Divine Art has reached volume seven in its fine Russian piano music series, bringing together live recordings made over the past decade in Britain by Sergei Dukachev, a virile interpreter of the music of his homeland. He races into a truly exciting reading of the second piano sonata before exploiting every opportunity offered by the 20 tiny pieces that make up Visions Fugitives to display his colourful pianistic palette. Four rhythmically charged movements from Romeo and Juliet and the fabulously angry, modernist seventh sonata complete a distinguished overview of Prokofiev's piano works.
Stephen Pritchard has written on classical music for most of his 45 years in journalism. He was the Observer's first readers' editor, and prior to that was a managing editor and production editor