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Solomon plays Beethoven, Schumann, Bach & Chopin

Audio Samples

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 2 no 3
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight"
>Schumann, Robert : Carnaval, Op. 9
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Italian Concerto in F major, BWV 971
>Chopin, Frédéric : Fantasie for Piano in F minor/A flat major, B 137/Op. 49
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 9/1, CT. 108
>Chopin, Frédéric : Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor/D flat major, B 111/Op. 31
>Brahms, Johannes : Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 118
>     Intermezzo, Op. 118/6
>Brahms, Johannes : Fantasies (7) for Piano, Op. 116
>Brahms, Johannes : Rhapsodies (2) for Piano, Op. 79
>     Rhapsody in B minor, Op. 79/1

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 2 no 3
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight"
>Schumann, Robert : Carnaval, Op. 9
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Italian Concerto in F major, BWV 971
>Chopin, Frédéric : Fantasie for Piano in F minor/A flat major, B 137/Op. 49
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 9/1, CT. 108
>Chopin, Frédéric : Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor/D flat major, B 111/Op. 31
>Brahms, Johannes : Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 118
>Brahms, Johannes : Fantasies (7) for Piano, Op. 116
>Brahms, Johannes : Rhapsodies (2) for Piano, Op. 79
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The 1956 RIAS recordings of Solomon, made shortly before the tragic end of his career, are benchmark recordings even today thanks to their sonorous lucidity and structural transparency. Archive releases of recordings made by the English pianist Solomon (1902-1988) are particularly noteworthy - partly due to the tragic turning point in the life of this exceptional artist. In 1956, during recordings of the complete Beethoven sonatas and following recordings of the piano concertos by Grieg and Schumann for EMI-Columbia, he suffered a major stroke which forced him into silence for the rest of his life. The music world was thus robbed of an eminent pianist and artist who, with his technically and creatively superior interpretations, always managed to penetrate the core of the musical message.

Solomon's recordings of the classical and romantic piano repertoire document the highest artistic standing and, as such, take an immovable place in the history of pianism. This programme, recorded in February 1956 at the RIAS Berlin, is one of the last recordings made by Solomon. It is compiled in the same manner as his concert tours of 1955: two Beethoven sonatas form the centrepiece and are supplemented by works of Bach, Chopin, Schumann and Brahms.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Berlin, RIAS Funkhaus, Studio 7.



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 2 no 3
  • Performer: Solomon Cutner (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1794-95.
  • Running Time: 23 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1794-1795

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight"
  • Performer: Solomon Cutner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1801

>Schumann, Robert : Carnaval, Op. 9
  • Performer: Solomon Cutner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1833-1835

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Italian Concerto in F major, BWV 971
  • Performer: Solomon Cutner (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1735.
  • Running Time: 11 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1735

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Fantasie for Piano in F minor/A flat major, B 137/Op. 49
  • Performer: Solomon Cutner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1841

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 9/1, CT. 108
  • Performer: Solomon Cutner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1832

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor/D flat major, B 111/Op. 31
  • Performer: Solomon Cutner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837

>Brahms, Johannes : Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 118 :: Intermezzo, Op. 118/6
  • Performer: Solomon Cutner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Brahms, Johannes : Fantasies (7) for Piano, Op. 116
  • Performer: Solomon Cutner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Brahms, Johannes : Rhapsodies (2) for Piano, Op. 79 :: Rhapsody in B minor, Op. 79/1
  • Performer: Solomon Cutner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1879