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Re: Romantic Solo Piano
« Reply #20 on: July 03, 2015, 11:54:27 AM »
I have listened to Kyoto Tabe's Sibelius on Spotify and have found that for composers for whom the symphonic music does nothign for me, I can enjoy their solo piano works.  This is true for Sibelius.  Do you know the Glenn Gould recordings?  That's where I first heard this music.

I do know of Gould recordings, but haven't heard them.
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« Reply #21 on: July 03, 2015, 12:53:07 PM »
When I think of Romantic piano, Hamelin's name is far from my mind. To me, romantic means warmth, experimentation, rubato, all leading to interesting, unique interpretations. Stuff like Gekic's Chopin etudes, anything by Cortot (Naxos historical or the Anniversary box on EMI) or Moiseiwitsch (Naxos Historical and various labels.) Or Cherkassky (Orfeo and various labels.) Or Ernst Levy (Marston.)
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Re: Romantic Solo Piano
« Reply #22 on: July 03, 2015, 01:02:24 PM »
When I think of Romantic piano, Hamelin's name is far from my mind. To me, romantic means warmth, experimentation, rubato, all leading to interesting, unique interpretations. Stuff like Gekic's Chopin etudes, anything by Cortot (Naxos historical or the Anniversary box on EMI) or Moiseiwitsch (Naxos Historical and various labels.) Or Cherkassky (Orfeo and various labels.) Or Ernst Levy (Marston.)

You may not care for Hamelin's interpretations but he has made many recordings of the Romantic piano literature.  But your suggestions are very illuminating.  Thanks.
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Re: Romantic Solo Piano
« Reply #23 on: July 03, 2015, 02:21:05 PM »
This is very good. I just love it.  :D



I have been listening and I too love it.   :)

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Re: Romantic Solo Piano
« Reply #24 on: July 03, 2015, 02:56:17 PM »
This discussion reminds me to listen again to the Piano Sonata of Julius Reubke (1834–1858). Reubke, student of Liszt, composed two major works, the Piano Sonata in B-flat minor and the Sonata on the 94th Psalm in C minor, for organ.

I only have this disk. This should be interesting to fans of Liszt's Piano Sonata:



Other disks featuring Reubke are:








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« Reply #25 on: July 03, 2015, 03:06:04 PM »
This discussion reminds me to listen again to the Piano Sonata of Julius Reubke (1834–1858). Reubke, student of Liszt, composed two major works, the Piano Sonata in B-flat minor and the Sonata on the 94th Psalm in C minor, for organ.

I only have this disk. This should be interesting to fans of Liszt's Piano Sonata:





Yes!  I have heard the last disc with both the piano sonata and organ sonata and both are great.  It is tragic that Reubke died so young.


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Re: Romantic Solo Piano
« Reply #26 on: July 04, 2015, 08:23:14 AM »


I've also listened again to Alkan, and wow, I feel another collecting binge coming on! I need to get more Alkan! The disk above sounds haunting on Hoogland's Pleyel (1858). I like Hoogland's Schubert and his Alkan is revelatory to say the least.

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« Reply #27 on: July 04, 2015, 05:06:49 PM »


I've also listened again to Alkan, and wow, I feel another collecting binge coming on! I need to get more Alkan! The disk above sounds haunting on Hoogland's Pleyel (1858). I like Hoogland's Schubert and his Alkan is revelatory to say the least.

Alkan was a phenomenally gifted composer.  I haven't heard the PI recording but will try to find it.  Thanks.

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Re: Romantic Solo Piano
« Reply #28 on: July 05, 2015, 01:50:14 AM »
Has anyone mentioned Janacek?

Gottschalk also got a mention. There is an album by Ivan Davis that is outstanding but oop. Luckily I have a recording.
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Re: Romantic Solo Piano
« Reply #29 on: July 05, 2015, 04:34:58 AM »
Has anyone mentioned Janacek?

Gottschalk also got a mention. There is an album by Ivan Davis that is outstanding but oop. Luckily I have a recording.

Janacek needs to be mentioned, plenty of great solo piano music.   Denis Varjon has a fairly recent recording where he included In the Mists with the Berg and Liszt sonatas.  Very enjoyable programming.


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Re: Romantic Solo Piano
« Reply #30 on: July 05, 2015, 05:47:44 AM »
Richter playing Tchaikovsky's solo piano music


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Re: Romantic Solo Piano
« Reply #31 on: July 05, 2015, 07:49:19 AM »
Richter playing Tchaikovsky's solo piano music



There is a whole group of Richter recordings on Alto:  I have Beethoven, Schubert, and Schumann, and a Spoleto recital.  Alto obtained them through Olympia, although one refers instead to Vox.

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Re: Romantic Solo Piano
« Reply #32 on: July 05, 2015, 07:56:30 AM »
Richter playing Tchaikovsky's solo piano music



There's a little thing on that Richter CD, op 72/5, Meditation, which I like. You may also like Pletnev in The Seasons, I remember it was pretty well done.

By the way, do you know the Scriabin Left Handed nocturne? It's somehow the same type of music in my mind as that Tchaik Meditatation. Oh and there's another one which I think of as the same genre: The Szymanowski Etude op 4/3, Van Cliburn sort of specialised in it.

A fourth is a transcription by Godowsky of a tango by Albeniz, Cherkassky plays it on an fabulous CD of encores he made.
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Re: Romantic Solo Piano
« Reply #33 on: July 05, 2015, 08:02:03 AM »
There is a whole group of Richter recordings on Alto:  I have Beethoven, Schubert, and Schumann, and a Spoleto recital.  Alto obtained them through Olympia, although one refers instead to Vox.

I have seen them on Spotify and listened to the Schumann disc.  I wondered where they came from.  Thanks.

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Re: Romantic Solo Piano
« Reply #34 on: July 05, 2015, 08:03:52 AM »
There's a little thing on that Richter CD, op 72/5, Meditation, which I like. You may also like Pletnev in The Seasons, I remember it was pretty well done.

By the way, do you know the Scriabin Left Handed nocturne? It's somehow the same type of music in my mind as that Tchaik Meditatation. Oh and there's another one which I think of as the same genre: The Szymanowski Etude op 4/3, Van Clinurn sort of specialised in it.

I am really enjoying listening to the solo piano music from composers whose orchestral music I rarely listen to, viz. Sibelius and Tchaikovsky.  I will try to find the other pieces you mention.  Thanks.

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Re: Romantic Solo Piano
« Reply #35 on: July 05, 2015, 08:18:46 AM »
This is really vast territory you're trying top cover here. Some that come to mind:








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Re: Romantic Solo Piano
« Reply #36 on: July 05, 2015, 08:24:53 AM »
I am really enjoying listening to the solo piano music from composers whose orchestral music I rarely listen to, viz. Sibelius and Tchaikovsky.  I will try to find the other pieces you mention.  Thanks.

You mentioned the virtuoso trandition. See what you think of this bit of Tch. transposed by Feinberg and played by Koji Attwood - I think Koji Attwood is a good chap to explore for this sort of thing, he has an extraordinary thing by Tarrega on spotify for example.

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Re: Romantic Solo Piano
« Reply #37 on: July 25, 2015, 01:29:12 AM »
Alkan - Concerto from op 39 Etudes in minor keys recorded by Ronald Smith in 1970 (the other two movements also)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0JMhQjp1wk

Godowsky - Passacaglia on the opening of Schubert's Unfinished as played by Hamelin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9S1wTuRdgw

Medtner - Night wind sonata op 25 no 2 played by Jonathan Powell

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bs57wXtDZRY