November 27, 1995
What Zoltan Kocsis has done for Bartok’s piano music on Philips, Oleg Marshev has done for Prokofiev’s on Danacord. The more one listens to this composer, the more one likes him. This is glorious piano playing which anyone who is interested in Prokofiev’s music should take note of. In the 9th Sonata, Sonatinas etc., Marshev conjures from the instrument all the nuances one could wish for, and both incisive rhythmical and lyrical dreaming sections are grasped in an rock-steady technical control that knows neither wrong notes nor formal insecurity. This is the fifth release with this fantastic young pianist whose athletic keyboard approach makes the instrument comply with his every wish. Wonderful listening and a great Christmas present for a really good friend.