IKIF (Friday)

July 24, 2009

Leporatti wants to play in F-sharp minor, Brahms and Schumann Sonatas. I like both of these pieces, the Schumann is strangely one of my favorites. It sounds to me like Schumann is trapped inside his psyche and trying to find a way out. Its best for listening by the window in winter during a snowstorm, with a cup of tea for comfort.

Mykola Suk plays the Dante Sonata, which I like better than the overplayed ‘Liszt Sonata.’ He plays the ‘Moonlight.’ I’d rather hear Op. 27, No. 1 than No. 2. But at least the Moonlight is played now and then. I’ve never heard the Grand Sonata in C minor (Pathetique) in a recital. Except once in a Beethoven Cycle. Is it stigmatized as ‘popular’?

Suk is still one of my very favorite, most beloved musicians.


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