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Topic: the scholarly programs (cycles etc)  (Read 1668 times)

Offline cziffra

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the scholarly programs (cycles etc)
on: December 16, 2003, 04:17:24 PM
It was said that rubinstein programmed according to "gastronomic" principles (start with a few entrees, save the main meal for later followed by dessert etc)

on the other side of the coin, there's the scholarly programmes, the sort hans von bulow was famous for.  (eg, playing beethoven's last five piano sonatas in the ONE CONCERT, to "give the audience the experience")

I personally abhorr the latter choice- are there any merits in playing according to opus numbers?
What it all comes down to is that one does not play the piano with one’s fingers; one plays the piano with one’s mind.-  Glenn Gould

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Re: the scholarly programs (cycles etc)
Reply #1 on: December 16, 2003, 04:46:20 PM
Don't think I'd want to sit through one recital of op. 101, 106, 109, 110, 111.
Barenboim did the complete Beethoven sonatas earlier this year in NY, and the way he programmed them made sense - mixing middle period with early period, and otherwise contrasting them well.
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Re: the scholarly programs (cycles etc)
Reply #2 on: December 17, 2003, 06:25:33 AM
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Don't think I'd want to sit through one recital of op. 101, 106, 109, 110, 111.


Busoni went to many dinner parties, and was always asked to play a short piano piece after the meal. However, he refused this offer most of the time because he did not like to play after eating. Once though, the other party guests were so insistent that he did play a nice light programme, consisting of those last five  ;),
Ed

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Re: the scholarly programs (cycles etc)
Reply #3 on: December 20, 2003, 04:49:46 PM
whoa...and to think people dismiss him as "that transcription guy"
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Re: the scholarly programs (cycles etc)
Reply #4 on: December 21, 2003, 07:11:17 AM
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whoa...and to think people dismiss him as "that transcription guy"


Using the term "people" very loosely  ;D,
Ed
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