Fairy tale atmosphere pervades an all-Russian musical evening graced by pianist Alexei Volodin's supreme technique.
Nikolai Medtner's Fairy Tales (Skazki) have a sweeping grandeur initially reminiscent of Rachmaninov, but which possess harmonic touches that are all Medtner's own.
Prokofiev's single-movement Third Sonata is a short, energetic work written in 1917, using themes he had composed while a student a decade earlier.
Volodin closes his programme with Rachmaninov's first Piano Sonata - the lesser-known of the composer's two works in the genre.
It's a work of swirling textures and powerful mood changes, which Rachmaninov originally planned as a programmatic sonata based on the Faust legend.
Although he seems to have abandoned that idea, traces of this initial intention can still be heard in the tumultuous music.
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