Composed in 1923, and revised in 1953, the Sonata No. 5 in C Major Op. 38 was the only work in this genre Prokofiev composed outside Russia. This explains the marked influence of French music reflected in the work, and which is apparent in the phrase “à la Poulenc” accompanying the opening movement. The “Andantino” reveals similarities with the music of Ravel, while the last movement has a mechanical beat that, at times, seems to evoke the sound of a train.
Composed in 1942, Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 7, Op. 83 is also known as the “Stalingrad” sonata. Written in the midst of World War II, it contains some of the most dissonant passages in all of Prokofiev’s works. This, together with the nervous tone of its three movements, seems to reflect the mood of the composer, who felt threatened by the Stalinist regime at the time.