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recital program: 3 big b-minor sonatas


EPTA
  • 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
    III. Largo
    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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