- Richard Strauss - Piano Sonata B-minor op. 5
I. Allegro molto appassionato (listen to my cassette tape recording from 1991 here)
II. Adagio Cantabile
III. Scherzo. Presto - Trio. Un poco piu lento (listen to my cassette tape recording from 1991 here)
IV. Finale. Allegretto vivo
Strauss' sonata is structured around simple motifs, and although being a work from his youth, this piece is surprisingly rich in musical contents and expression.
- Frédéric Chopin - Piano Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Scherzo: Molto vivace
IV. Presto ma non tanto
Chopin's sonata is more of a mature work, and as such demands much of the poetic, aristocratic and subtle as well as robuste skills of the player.
- Franz Liszt - Piano Sonata B-minor
Lento assai - Allegro Energico
- Andante Sostenuto - Allegro Energico
Liszt's sonata is diabolical, and incorporates all virtuoso elements of the late 19th century, like figured belcanto, octaves, passages, atmosphere-making, and is both lyrical and technical very demanding.
In the history of big piano sonatas these 3 works stand out by their full, rich and romantical contents. Where Chopin and Strauss both use a relatively 'classical' sonata form, with 4 separate movements in more or less the same sequence (fast-slow-scherzo-finale), the piece by Liszt is a bit more 'weird' in it's form, as all movements are conceived into one uninterrupted big work, where the theme returns in many disguises.
A CD recording of these sonatas is in preparation.
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