The very capable pianist Glemser's recording of Prokofiev's 2nd, 7th, and 8th sonatas is a typically satisfying release from the consistantly rewarding classical label: Naxos.
Glemser seems to understand Prokofiev's attitude very well, and brings along a suitably idosyncratic performance to present these great and especially challenging pieces. At once stiff and then loose playing throughout is usually what I hear from Glemser's Prokofiev.
The performance of the 7th is terrific. I wouldn't be surprised if it's one of the most consitantly brilliant performances of the 7th on disc, with the final movement that rocks as hard as anything from the past century.
The same goes for the 2nd sonata. I'll even goes as far to call it possibly the best, most engaging version ever recorded. Glemser seems to have a ball playing the final movement; one which I never grow tired of.
The performance of the 8th is where some listeners seem to be extra-critical( particularly the first movement). It's a very tough sonata, and many people are seemingly secure in the knowledge that there will never be another version above the Sviatoslav Richter version.
But actually, Glemser does it very similar to Richter's performance. If I remember right, Glemser even does the final movement a bit faster than Richter(though not as wild and speedy as Chiu's version).
It's the first movement that gets points off from this recording.
It's nice, but played a bit to....matter-of-factly, I suppose.
This is a great disc, and well worth the incredibly modest price tag.
And don't forget Bernd Glemser's other recordings of Prokofiev's piano sonatas(a complete set is finally available); each one worth it's weight.
I highly doubt you will be dissapointed.