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Solomon plays Beethoven, Schumann, Bach & Chopin

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  1. Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2, No. 3: I. Allegro con brio $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2, No. 3: II. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2, No. 3: III. Scherzo. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2, No. 3: IV. Allegro assai $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2 (Mondscheinsonate): I. Adagio sostenuto $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2 (Mondscheinsonate): II. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2 (Mondscheinsonate): III. Presto agitato $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Carnaval, Op. 9: Préambule $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Carnaval, Op. 9: Pierrot $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Carnaval, Op. 9: Arlequin $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Carnaval, Op. 9: Valse noble $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Carnaval, Op. 9: Eusebius $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Carnaval, Op. 9: Florestan $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Carnaval, Op. 9: Coquette $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Carnaval, Op. 9: Réplique $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Carnaval, Op. 9: Papillons $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Carnaval, Op. 9: A.s.c.h.-s.c.h.a. $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Carnaval, Op. 9: Chiarina $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Carnaval, Op. 9: Chopin $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Carnaval, Op. 9: Estrella $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Carnaval, Op. 9: Reconnaissance $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Carnaval, Op. 9: Pantalon et Colombine $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Carnaval, Op. 9: Valse Allemande $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Carnaval, Op. 9: Paganini $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Carnaval, Op. 9: Aveu $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Carnaval, Op. 9: Promenade $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Carnaval, Op. 9: Pause $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Carnaval, Op. 9: Marche des “Davidsbündler” contre les Philistins $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Italian Concerto: I. Without tempo indication $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Italian Concerto: II. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Italian Concerto: III. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Fantasie in F minor, Op. 49
  33. Nocturne in B-flat minor, Op. 9, No. 1 $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Scherzo in B-flat minor, Op. 31 $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Intermezzo in E-flat minor, Op. 118, No. 6 $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Intermezzo in E major, Op. 116, No. 4 $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Rhapsody in B-minor, Op. 79, No. 1 $0.99 on iTunes

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
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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