Friday, October 21, 2011

Piano Sonata in b

There are many opinions of Franz Liszt from the greatest pianist of all time to him a being a charlatan. But this 200th anniversary year has seen quite a number of fine recordings celebrating the accomplishments of this true romantic.

There is one work that will even gain the grudging respect of Liszt's detractors; a masterwork that truly is the "music of the future" as Liszt claimed - the Piano Sonata in b. He took on the formulaic sonata forms that so many composers ran into the ground with repetition and re-thought and re-engineered the sonata form into something new and much more complex.

On the Piano this Sunday a review of the sections of this one-movement work, some of the great performers of Liszt tackle the sonata's challenges and to end the program a complete and extraordinary performance of this paradigm shifting composition.

The b minor sonata of Liszt, this Sunday afternoon at 5 on KPAC & KTXI.

host, Randy Anderson

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