Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Liszt/Wagner: As performed by Imogen Cooper Liszt: Valse oubliée No. 2, S.215/2 Gretchen aus Faust-Symphonie, S513 Sposalizio (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 1) Il penseroso (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 2) Canzonetta del Salvator Rosa (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 3) Sonetto 104 del Petrarca (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 5) Nuages gris, S199 La Lugubre Gondola I, S200 No. 1 Isolde’s Liebestod (after Wagner), S447 Bagatelle sans tonalite, S216a c1885 Wagner: Elegy in A flat Einleitung zu ‘Tristan und Isolde’, WWV 90 Performed by Imogen Cooper (piano) After highly successful recordings of works by Brahms, the Schumanns, and Chopin, Imogen Cooper plunges into the world of another great romantic, Franz Liszt, and places him alongside that another giant, Richard Wagner. This is an interesting program of original compositions and intimate transcriptions. Here is Imogen Cooper playing the music of Liszt:
There are some musicians and performers whose name says it all. So much has been written that adding more seems futile. On this recording we get to listen to the following: Chopin: Polonaise No. 7 in A flat major, Op. 61 ‘Polonaise-fantaisie’ Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23 Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9 No. 2 Nocturne No. 3 in B major, Op. 9 No. 3 Nocturne No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 1 Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60 Étude Op. 25 No. 7 in C sharp minor Étude Op. 10 No. 5 in G flat major ‘Black Key’ Nocturne No. 4 in F major, Op. 15 No. 1 Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52 Waltz No. 9 in A flat major, Op. 69 No. 1 ‘Farewell Waltz’ Performed by Vladimir Horowitz (piano) I love the fact that the compositions are so varied. You will, too. Here is the Ballade number 1 by Chopin:
I confess that I do not listen to pianist Mikhail Pletnev all that often. However, whenever I do hear him play I am always impressed by his excellence. On this recording we get to enjoy the following: BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata in A Major, Op. 2, No. 2; BACH (arr. Busoni): Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in d minor; CHOPIN (arr. Liszt): The Maiden’s Wish, Op. 74, No. 1; TCHAIKOVSKY: Nocturne in c-sharp minor, Op. 19, No. 4; SCHUBERT: Impromptu No. 2 in E-flat Major; Impromptu No. 3 in G-flat Major, D. 899 All performed by Mikhail Pletnev, piano Here is Mr. Pletnev in a recording of the Beethoven Moonlight Sonata:
The Australian pianist, subject of a 1996 film, has announced his first UK performances since that time. He will appear at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, and the Barbican in London on May 27 and 29 with the following programme: Chopin Ballade No 1 in G minor Liszt Concert Etude No. 3 Un Sospiro Liszt Jeux d’eau a la Villa d’Este Liszt Ballade No. 2 in B minor David Helfgott piano interval Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 3 (version for two pianos) David Helfgott piano; Rhodri Clarke piano
The Polish-born Mexican pianist Eva Maria Zuk died on February 28 in Mexico City at the age of 71. Originally from Lodz, she was taken by her family to Venezuela as a baby. Arthur Rubinstein, who heard her play as a child and came from the same city, arranged for her to study at Juilliard. An outstanding Chopin interpreter, she settled in Mexico in the 1970s after marrying the conductor Enrique Batiz.
I had an opportunity today to listen to the amazing pianistic expressiveness of Valentina Igoshina. Whether you play Chopin, Mussorgsky, or Schumann, being able to bring drama and emotion to your performance is absolutely key. I heard this expressiveness from this fine artist. Here is Ms. Igoshina, playing the music of Sergei Rachmaninov:
Frédéric François Chopin (22 February 1810 / 1 March - 17 October 1849) was a Polish composer, virtuoso pianist, and music teacher, of French-Polish parentage. He was one of the great masters of Romantic music. Chopin is also known as "The poet of the Piano". Chopin was born in ?elazowa Wola, a village in the Duchy of Warsaw. A renowned child-prodigy pianist and composer, he grew up in Warsaw and completed his musical education there. Following the Russian suppression of the Polish November 1830 Uprising, Chopin settled in Paris as part of the Polish Great Emigration. He supported himself as a composer and piano teacher, giving few public performances. From 1837 to 1847 he carried on a relationship with the French woman writer George Sand. For most of his life, Chopin suffered from poor health; he died in Paris in 1849 at the age of 39. Most of Chopin's works involve the piano. They are technically demanding but emphasize nuance and expressive depth. Chopin invented the musical form known as the instrumental ballade and made major innovations to the piano sonata, mazurka, waltz, nocturne, polonaise, étude, impromptu and prélude.
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