Author Topic: Your top 10 favourite piano sonatas  (Read 1659 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Symphonic Addict

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 4010
Re: Your top 10 favourite piano sonatas
« Reply #20 on: October 03, 2021, 07:32:56 PM »
Here's my list (in no particular order):

Berg: Piano Sonata, Op. 1
Scriabin: Piano Sonata No. 2 in G-sharp minor, Op. 19 "Sonata-Fantasy"
Ives: Concord Sonata
Shostakovich: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B minor, Op. 61
Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 7 in B♭ major, Op. 83
Janáček: Piano Sonata 1.X.1905
Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35
Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor, S. 178
Carter: Piano Sonata
Bartók: Piano Sonata, BB 88, Sz. 80

Edit: I did away with the Hindemith for Bartók since I couldn't choose from any three of the Hindemith works.

Wow, you liking the Chopin?  ???

I remember enjoying the Carter as well.
Give us something else; give us something new; for Heaven's sake give us something bad, so long as we feel we are alive and active and not just passive admirers of tradition!

Carl Nielsen

Offline Wanderer

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 5746
  • Quo non ascendam?
10 favourite piano sonatas
« Reply #21 on: October 03, 2021, 11:33:51 PM »
Just ten?! OK, here goes, limiting it to one per composer and not in order of preference:

Beethoven Op. 109
Schubert D.960
Schumann No. 2
Liszt B minor
Brahms Op. 5
Alkan Grande Sonate “Les quatre âges”
Medtner Op. 30
Scriabin No. 4
Chopin No. 3
Prokofiev No. 7



Offline DaveF

  • Full Member
  • *
  • Posts: 874
  • Location: Abergavenny
Re: Your top 10 favourite piano sonatas
« Reply #22 on: October 04, 2021, 01:17:45 AM »
Thumbs up for the Weber...

Oh yes - I first listened to it on my iPod when out for a long walk, and did more dancing than walking, I think.

Your original list included Schubert no.20 - which is that?  Must be one of the late ones, but I couldn't find any reliable listing of them by number.  (Hope it's my beloved A major, D.959.)
"All the world is birthday cake" - George Harrison

Offline Mirror Image

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 58275
  • Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)
  • Location: Northeast GA, US
  • Currently Listening to:
    Mostly Austro-Germanic and Soviet/Russian repertoire
Re: Your top 10 favourite piano sonatas
« Reply #23 on: October 04, 2021, 06:38:22 AM »
Wow, you liking the Chopin?  ???

I remember enjoying the Carter as well.

Sure, I don't listen to Chopin very often, but I do like some of his works. :)
"When a man is in despair, it means that he still believes in something." - Dmitri Shostakovich

Offline kyjo

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 3287
  • Kurt Atterberg (1887-1974)
  • Location: United States
Re: Your top 10 favourite piano sonatas
« Reply #24 on: October 04, 2021, 06:43:52 AM »
Big fan of both the Kabalevsky and Rachmaninov. The others (excluding Beehoven, Schubert and Prokofiev) are still rather unknown to me of less familiar.

You don’t know Medtner’s Sonata Romantica? :o You must rectify that! ;) It’s my favorite piano sonata at the moment.
"Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music" - Sergei Rachmaninoff