|Sergei Sergeievitch Prokofiev|
Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80
Violin Sonata, Op. 134
Natalia Prishepenko (Violin), Dina Ugorskaja (Piano)
Prokofieff accused Shostakovich of omnivorousness (the use of entertainment elements in his serious music) and denied him melodic talent. Shostakovich sometimes found Prokofiev’s music too crude and illustrative. But despite all the – mostly unjust – criticism, they never lost sight of each other. Already in the twenties, their music resounded together in concert programs. The young Shostakovich acknowledged an influence of Prokofieff on some of his works. Prokofieff, who during his stays abroad repeatedly sought to “metabolise between Russia and Europe”, for his part propagated Shostakovich’s works in particular.
The present recording with violin sonatas by these composers (both premiered by David Oistrach) was made in 2016 in Studio 2 of the Bavarian Radio. With indescribable energy Dina Ugorskaja (1973-2019), when she was already suffering from a serious illness, watched the completion of the master’s work with great interest. It will remain a unique event, although – together with the violinist Natalia Prishepenko – so much was still planned.