Winner of the Silver Medal in the 1997 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Russian pianist Yakov Kasman received the French Grand Prix de la Nouvelle Academie du Disque award in 1996 for this recording of the Prokofiev sonatas, originally issued on the Calliope label.
"'But he is some sort of wild animal!' exclaimed a member of Diaghilev's circle when Prokofiev first came to play the piano for the impresario in 1914. The same could be said of the charismatic Yakov KasmanÖ. He has a way with the rubato of an earlier, Romantic Russian school that makes the Rachmaninov-derived First Sonata and the powerful nostalgia of the Eighth affecting. I always thought of the enigmatic Ninth as the kind of exercise in late-Prokofiev pathos that Bronfman exquisitely unfolds, but Kasman compellingly reveals in it unexpected chasms and nightmares."óClassical Music (BBC)