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Mendelssohn: Piano Sonata, Op. 6; J.S. Bach; Medtner, Liszt, Kabalevsky / Stephen Beus, piano (live recital recording)

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sonata for Piano no 1 in E major, Op. 6
>Medtner, Nikolai : Forgotten Melodies (5) for Piano, Op. 39
>Liszt, Franz : Ballade for Piano no 2 in B minor, S 171
>Liszt, Franz : Un sospiro, for piano in D flat major (Grande études de concert no 3), S. 144/3 (LW A118/3)
>Liszt, Franz : La Campanella II, etude for piano in G sharp minor (Grand Paganini Étude no 3), S. 141/3 (LW A173/3
>Kabalevsky, Dmitri : Pieces for Children, Op. 27
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

In the space of four months, American pianist Stephen Beus won first prize in the Gina Bachauer Int’l Piano Competition, first place in the Vendome Prize Int’l Competition (Lisbon) and was awarded the Max I. Allen Fellowship of the American Pianists Assoc. (Indianapolis). Currently teaching at the University of Oklahoma, this recital, recorded live at Sharp Hall located on the University campus, features Bach, Liszt along with more rarely heard works from Mendelssohn (his Sonata, op. 6) Medtner and Kabalevsky.

American Record Guide, May/June 2016
Trained at Juilliard and Stony Brook University, the young pianist Stephen Beus won the Bachauer competition in 2006 and is a professor at the University of Oklahoma. Mr Becker was effusive about his program of Scriabin and Griffes for Harmonia Mundi (Mar/Apr 2008, collections). I'm in complete agreement.

His programming is imaginative. In addition to the Liszt Ballade in B minor and Bach's Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, there is Mendelssohn's Sonata in E, the Medtner Sonata Tragica, Liszt's 'Sospiro' and 'Campanella', and 'A Short Story' from Kabalevsky's Pieces for Children (an encore). His tone is lighter but there's a lot of variation and it serves the Mendelssohn and Liszt etudes quite well. As Mr Becker observed, his technique is flawless: this concert performance includes no missed notes, no missteps of phrasing or articulation.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sharp Hall, University of Oklahoma, Norman.



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903
  • Performer: Stephen Beus (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1723
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sonata for Piano no 1 in E major, Op. 6
  • Performer: Stephen Beus (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 03/22/1826
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Medtner, Nikolai : Forgotten Melodies (5) for Piano, Op. 39
  • Performer: Stephen Beus (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1919-20
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Liszt, Franz : Ballade for Piano no 2 in B minor, S 171
  • Performer: Stephen Beus (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1853
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Liszt, Franz : Un sospiro, for piano in D flat major (Grande études de concert no 3), S. 144/3 (LW A118/3)
  • Performer: Stephen Beus (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Liszt, Franz : La Campanella II, etude for piano in G sharp minor (Grand Paganini Étude no 3), S. 141/3 (LW A173/3
  • Performer: Stephen Beus (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Kabalevsky, Dmitri : Pieces for Children, Op. 27 :: no 20 A Shorty Story
  • Performer: Stephen Beus (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937-1938
  • Studio/Live: Live