Wednesday, October 25, 2017

New York Times honors pianist Martha Argerich

The New York Times has a collage by Joshua Barone, “Hear the Martha Argerich recordings that inspired 8 young pianists”.

One of them is Bartok’s Piano Concerto #3 (the very end was completed by Szery). 

Other works include the Lizst B Minor Sonata (an inspiration to d’Albert), Schumann’s “Kreisleriana” and “Kinderszenen”, and particularly Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto #3 in C. 

Friday, October 06, 2017

Papa Haydn revisited

Here’s a 15-minute Haydn Piano Sonata in a Minor Key, C Minor, #20, as played by Charles Rosen.

There is a typical drop-roll figuration the base at the beginning.

The music sometimes predicts early Beethoven more than it would resemble Mozart.  Some scholars give Haydn credit for inventing the idea of a real “development” section in a Sonata structure.

The slow movement sounds like it is in G.  Note the abrupt ending of the finale. 

There is a Haydn Sonata in C# Minor that I remember learning as a teen, with a middle scherzo in A Major and a Minuet as a curious finale.

Here’s a comparison of Haydn and Mozart.