14.01.1970 Ankara

"A human being can be complete only with music."

The pianist and composer Fazil Say has been a great virtuoso on the stages of the world for decades. He has been composing piano music since his early youth and has written a total of 15 concertos for piano and orchestra as well as numerous solo and chamber music works. His music is characterized by rhythmic-jazz virtuosity and a great sense of sound, poetry and expression.

"I play Western music in Turkey, and in the West I present pieces I've written with elements of Turkish music. So I'm considered one of those musicians who builds bridges."
Fazil Say

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20.10.1874, Danbury - 19.5.1954, New York

"There can be nothing exclusive about substantial art. It comes directly out of the heart of the experience of life and thinking about life and living life"
Charles E. Ives

At the centre of Charles Ives's piano works are his piano sonatas. His Sonata No. 2 ""Concord, Mass. 1840-1860") from the years 1916-1919. But also his monumental 1st Sonata (1915-1916) and the eccentric "Three-Page Sonata" (1910-1911) are extraordinary solo works for piano. In piano chamber music, four violin sonatas, three pieces for piano quintet and above all the piano trio represent Ives' uncompromising musical thinking. Numerous other smaller piano works are evidence for his lifelong creative exploration of the piano.

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 PIANOVERSAL Hörtipps: Charles E. Ives

 

"But maybe music was not intended to satisfy the curious definiteness of man. Maybe it is better to hope that music may always be a transcendental language in the most extravagant sense."
Charles E. Ives


Piano Sonata No.2, "Concord, Mass., 1840-1860" (1916-1919)
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Stephen Drury, piano; Jessi Rosinski, Flute

Three-Page Sonata (1910-1911, rev. ca. 1925-1926)
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Steffen Schleiermacher, piano

Study No.22 (1909)
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Donald Berman, piano

Three Quarter-Tone Pieces for 2 pianos (1923-1924)
No.1 Largo: youtube_ives_quartertonepieces_1
No. 2 Allegro: youtube_quartertonepieces_2
No.3: Chorale: youtube_ives_quartertone_pieces_3
Alexei Lubimov & Pierre-Laurent Aimar, piano

 

Ives plays Ives - The complete recordings of Charles Ives at the piano
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These recordings are extraordinary sound documents including all existing piano recordings by Ives himself!
This album was published by "Anthology of Records, Inc." (2006)

Trio for violin, piano, and violoncello (1904/1911)
1. Moderato: mp3Ivestrio1.mp3
2. Presto (TSIAJ): Ivestrio_2.mp3
3. Moderato con moto: mp3Ivestrio_3a.mp3

Trio Animæ: Tomas Dratva, piano; Jean-Christophe Gawrysiak, violin; Dieter Hilpert, violoncello
Recording: Bulle, Switzerland, 1997; this recording was published for the music label Cascavelle and is sold out.

„Majority“ (1921)
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Robert Gardner, baritone; Eric Trudel, piano

„Songs my daughter taught me“
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Mary Phillips, mezzo-soprano. J.J. Penna, piano
 

 

Many more information to be found at the website of the Charlers Ives Society:
http://www.charlesives.org/

 

 

 


 

 

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Charles E. Ives: composer of the week No. 23 / September 2018


 

*16.12.1932 Moscow

 

"The piano concerto was always my field of experimentation."

“I have written music for the piano throughout my entire creative life.”

For Rodion Shchedrin (Родион Щедрин) as a pianist, the piano has always been a particularly important instrument for his own music. He has composed countless piano works and a total of 6 piano concertos. Shchedrin embodies an extraordinarily free, personal style - a connection between Russian tradition and many facets of modernity. Shchedrin's music escapes all categories with charm and irony, and with its playful and experimental handling of traditions.
 

 

Here are the PIANOVERSAL listening tips with piano music by Rodion Shchedrin.

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*14 October 1952 in Helsinki

"...the music we write [...] is the sum of our perceptions and experiences…."
(in Klaus Jungheinrich: "Woher? Wohin? Die Komponistin Kaija Saariaho"; Ed. Schott, 2007/1015).


Kaija Saariaho is an important voice in the world of contemporary music. She has written only a few works for piano solo, but there are numerous Lieder and chamber music compositions with piano. Her  intensive, passionate and colourful five-movement trio for viola, violoncello and piano entitled "Je sens un deuxième coeur" deserves special mention.

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