Piano Forum



Enfant Terrible or Childishly Innocent? – Prokofiev’s Complete Piano Works Now on Piano Street
In our ongoing quest to provide you with a complete library of classical piano sheet music, the works of Sergey Prokofiev have been our most recent focus. As one of the most distinctive and original musical voices from the first half of the 20th century, Prokofiev has an obvious spot on the list of top piano composers. Welcome to the intense, humorous, and lyrical universe of his complete Sonatas, Concertos, character pieces, and transcriptions! Read more >>

Topic: Introverted/Vulnerable Performances of Beethoven Op. 109, 110, and 111  (Read 663 times)

Offline imnotapianist

  • PS Silver Member
  • Newbie
  • ***
  • Posts: 18
A lot of the interpretations out there of Beethoven's Op. 109 110 and 111 are very extroverted and have quite a firm/resolute attack/tone quality (Barenboim, Brendel, etc.), but does anyone know of any introverted interpretations of these last sonatas that are vulnerable interpretations (like faltering lines, weak attacks, weak tone quality) that almost conveys a depressive quality?

Let me know if this makes any sense.
Sign up for a Piano Street membership to download this piano score.
Sign up for FREE! >>
Sign up for a Piano Street membership to download this piano score.
Sign up for FREE! >>
Sign up for a Piano Street membership to download this piano score.
Sign up for FREE! >>

Offline bwl_13

  • PS Silver Member
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 239
I really don't know what you entirely mean by this, but I always found Schiff to bring out the introverted side of Beethoven's music (when appropriate).

These sonatas aren't particularly suited to weak tone, attacks etc. nor are they remotely depressive. Sure, they're depressed at times, but I think all 3 are celebrations of life rather than dejected writings.

I also don't agree that a lot of the interpretations are particularly extroverted. I've always felt this music is encompassing a lifetime of experience, and I don't think many people who choose to record them make them out to be extraverted. I guess what I mean is, the music is inherently introverted in how sincere and true it is, but that does not translate to the specific qualities you ask about.
Second Year Undergrad:
Bach BWV 914
Beethoven Op. 58
Reger Op. 24 No. 5
Rachmaninoff Op. 39 No. 3 & No. 5
 

Logo light pianostreet.com - the website for classical pianists, piano teachers, students and piano music enthusiasts.

Subscribe for unlimited access

Sign up

Follow us

Piano Street Digicert