Prokofiev – Piano Sonata No. 7, Precipitato – Yuja Wang

Piano Sonata No. 7 in B-Flat Major, Op. 83 (1942) (occasionally called the “Stalingrad”) is the second of the three “War Sonatas” written by Sergei Prokofiev. The sonata was first performed on 18 January 1943 in Moscow by Sviatoslav Richter. The Precipitato finale is a toccata, which boldly affirms the key of the sonata through a more diatonic harmonic language than found in the first movement. This is obvious from the very beginning, with simple B♭ major triads repeated over and over again. Despite a wide range of performance tempos chosen by different pianists, the effect is nevertheless imposing and exciting.

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Toccata

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Concerto No. 3

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Concerto No. 2

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Sonata No. 7: Other Performances

Martha Argerich

Martha Argerich performs the third and last movement from Prokofiev's Sonata No. 7 in B-flat major

Maurizio Pollini

Prokofiev - Sonata No 7, 3rd movement - Pollini, Piano

Grigory Sokolov

Grigory Sokolov performs the third and last movement from Prokofiev's Sonata No. 7 in B-flat major

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