Prokofiev

War sonatas

Sleeve notes

I have to say that these performances of Prokofiev's three 'War' Sonatas (for Sviatoslav Richter music that evokes 'a world without reason or equilibrium') eclipse all others on record -- even those tirelessly and justifiably celebrated performances by Richter and Gilels. ... listening to Giltburg in the slow movements of all three Sonatas is to hear a pianist as acutely sensitive to voicing and texture as he is heaven-storming. ... Everything coheres in the astral wanderings of the Eighth Sonata's first movement and when you hear Giltburg in the final pages of both this movement and the finale, with its suggestion of the last trump, you can only discard pen and paper and listen in awe and disbelief.

Gramophone, 2012

... Boris Giltburg brings them right up to date with playing of terrific panache and personality, digging deep into the fabric of the music to illuminate its emotional content and harnessing an authoritative bravura to underline the savagery and nervy energy that the scores often convey. ... These are powerful, intuitive performances, executed with stylistic understanding and arresting presence.

The Telegraph, August 2012