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When Valentina Lisitsa came to Stockholm to play Rachmaninoff’s third piano concerto, it was a welcome fact not only for all her fans but also for anybody well aware of the enormous challenge this concerto means for any performer. In 2013 Lisitsa released her Complete Rachmaninoff Concertos (including the Paganini Rhapsody) on Decca and therefor this was a rare chance for Piano Street’s Patrick Jovell not to talk to her about YouTube but… Sergei Rachmaninoff. Read more >>

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mariocast
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« on: June 13, 2006, 03:22:19 PM »

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qayOjs85hY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qayOjs85hY</a>
Just the first movement from Aaron Copland's Piano Sonata (1939-1941).
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« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2006, 05:05:04 AM »

Wow, I'd never heard this before.....awesome piece!
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« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2006, 12:45:45 PM »

Mariocast, your performance has interested me to this piece of music. Thanks

How did you find learning it?

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« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2006, 03:18:33 PM »

Mariocast, your performance has interested me to this piece of music. Thanks

How did you find learning it?

I didn't find it terribly difficult, but of course I loved the piece.  It took a few months for me to really learn the first movement and memorize it.  It took another 3 months to learn and memorize the 2nd and 3rd movements. 

It's great to open a recital program or 2nd half of a recital program.  It allows the pianist to get very familiar with the piano right away as far as touch and sound production is concerned.

The pianist has to really sell the dualistic alternation between the harsh dissonances and the sentimental lyrical sections.  One has to bring out the main themes as they are usually not apparent to new listeners.

Aaron Copland dedicated the Piano Sonata to Clifford Odets. 

Odets is quoted as saying, "I would not be your true friend if I did not tell you here how beautiful the Sonata sounded on a third and fourth hearing...”

It's published by Boosey & Hawkes.  I have a link on my blog to purchase the score at musicnotes.com.  Just go to http://marioajero.blogspot.com and scroll all the way down to March 6, 2006.
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