01/29/16

Alexander Scriabin – Piano Concerto in F-sharp minor, Op. 20

Published in 1898, the Piano Concerto (October 1896–April 1897), Scriabin’s first work to involve orchestra, was first heard in public at a concert in Odessa on 23 October 1897, conducted by Safonov with the composer himself as soloist. Reaction was mixed. Rimsky-Korsakov and St Petersburg could only find negative things to say. Yuli Engel and Moscow, on the other hand, welcomed it. So, too, did London. Of one performance, given by Scriabin with Henry Wood at the Queen’s Hall in March 1914, the critic of The Musical Times remarked: ‘Here there are no harmonic problems to embarrass the uninitiated. Much of the music makes its immediate appeal to anyone sensitive to beauty. To say that much of it is Chopinesque is to give it praise.’

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10/10/14

Sergei Prokofiev – Piano Sonatas

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)

Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 1 [1907–09]
Piano Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 14 [1912]
Piano Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 28 [1907–17]
Piano Sonata No. 4 in C minor, Op. 29 [1908–17]
Piano Sonata No. 5 in C major, Op. 38/135 [1923/1952-3]
Piano Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 82 [1939–40]
Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major Stalingrad, Op. 83 [1939–42]
Piano Sonata No. 8 in B flat major, Op. 84 [1939–44]
Piano Sonata No. 9 in C major, Op. 103 [1947]

Frederic Chiu (Piano)

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10/10/14

Sergei Prokofiev – Piano Sonata No. 9 in C major, Op. 103

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)

Piano Sonata No. 9 in C major, Op. 103 [1947]

I. Allegretto
II. Allegro strepitoso
III. Andante tranquillo
IV. Allegro con brio ma non troppo presto

Frederic Chiu (Piano)

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10/10/14

Sergei Prokofiev – Piano Sonata No. 7 in B-flat major “Stalingrad”, Op. 83

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)

Piano Sonata No. 7 in B-flat major Stalingrad, Op. 83 [1939–42]

I. Allegro inquieto
II. Andante caloroso
III. Precipitato

Frederic Chiu (Piano)

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