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Most Haunting Piano Pieces... #1603089
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In your opinion, the top 5 most haunting piano pieces (the kind that leaves chills running up and down your spine), why, and your favorite recording (if you like)....

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Re: Most Haunting Piano Pieces... [Re: PaulaPiano34] #1603093
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1. Scriabin 9th Sonata, played by Horowitz (easy #1 pick)
2. Any number of shorter late Scriabin pieces, played by Horowitz
3. Chopin 1st Scherzo, played by......uh.......Horowitz
(I guess I like the guy) ha ha

4. Schumann "Prophet Bird" (can't think of the German name) from Waldszenen, played by Rubinstein
5. Beethoven, slow movement of "Funeral March" Sonata (Ab major, Op. 26), played by Eric Heidsieck

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I was just listening to a recording of Gilels playing Prokofiev's 8th sonata and could hardly breathe, it was so overwhelming.

I also get chills running up my spine whenever I listen to Bolet playing the Liszt-Wagner Tannhauser, but not for any sort of depressing reason.

I second Mark's pick of Horowitz on the Black Mass sonata. It's ridiculously scary...as is his vers la flamme (Horowitz too!).

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Re: Most Haunting Piano Pieces... [Re: PaulaPiano34] #1603124
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Chopin second sonata, rachmaninoff. For now!



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Re: Most Haunting Piano Pieces... [Re: PaulaPiano34] #1603130
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When Rachmaninoff plays the return of the Funeral march in FF, it sounds like the world is ending...


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Re: Most Haunting Piano Pieces... [Re: PaulaPiano34] #1603135
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Brahms, Intermezzo in B minor Op. 119 No. 1 - H. Neuhaus. One of those recordings that just won't let you go.



I agree with Mark on the Scriabin, "Black Mass" Sonata No. 9 - but my recording of choice is Sofronitzky. The terrible recording quality makes it even scarier. The first time I heard him play this piece on the Philips Great Pianists disc, I was driving and I had to pull over because I was getting so freaked out. (This is a different, live recording from 1958.)



Mozart: "Jeunehomme" Concerto No. 9 K. 271, slow movement. For my money, this is the most moving slow movement he ever wrote, but it's very stark.



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sonata in b minor- liszt

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Re: Most Haunting Piano Pieces... [Re: PaulaPiano34] #1603144
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Re: Most Haunting Piano Pieces... [Re: PaulaPiano34] #1603145
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Hauntingly beautiful? grin

There's a few chopin nocturnes but the only one that comes to mind is op 48 no.1
Shostakovich prelude and fugue op. 87 no. 4
The slow movement to Schubert's sonata D959
Rachmaninoff Elegie.
And some of Liszt's late music.

Whereas eerie haunting this takes the biscuit for me; i can't listen to it without feeling ever so slightly perturbed:



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Originally Posted by jeffreyjones
I agree...on the Scriabin, "Black Mass" Sonata No. 9 - but my recording of choice is Sofronitzky. The terrible recording quality makes it even scarier. The first time I heard him play this piece on the Philips Great Pianists disc, I was driving and I had to pull over because I was getting so freaked out. (This is a different, live recording from 1958.....

Are you sure this is a different recording? But anyway, there's something about this one that goes beyond 'terrible recording quality' and which I think accounts for most of that impression:

They played back the master tape at the wrong speed. ha
(Too slow, which not only slows it down but lowers the pitch -- and you're right, it adds to the eeriness.)

I made a comment about this a while back on that YouTube page. And in fact, now that I listen closer, I see that I understated the degree of the issue. I said it's "almost a quarter tone" too low. Actually it's well over a quarter tone, and pretty close to a full half-tone.

P.S. I wonder if maybe both versions were from the same recording but this one sounds different because of the wrong playback speed.

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Originally Posted by TheCannibalHaddock
Hauntingly beautiful? grin
Shostakovich prelude and fugue op. 87 no. 4



+1 ! +1 !

I would add the B flat minor fugue; restrained, but yum.

Also the prelude and fugue in B Flat Minor from Book 1 of the WTC. It's a good key. laugh

Also, some of Ivan Moody's choral work is brilliantly hauntingly weird.



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I've run into three contemporary pieces that I regard as very haunting --

Tobias Picker Where the Rivers Go
Lowell Liebermann Nocturne No 8
Joseph Schwantner Veiled Autumn

In Scriabin, the one I find truly haunting in the scary sense is his Sonata No 6. He himself admitted that he could scarcely stand to perform it.

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Anything by Ivan Wyschnegradsky.

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Dang, piano pieces. Well, (*cough* Rachmaninov's Isle of the Dead *cough*) there is Janacek's Into the Mist. Very beautiful in a late-Romantic kind of way - and a bit haunting, I guess. smile


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Originally Posted by TheFool
Originally Posted by TheCannibalHaddock
Hauntingly beautiful? grin
Shostakovich prelude and fugue op. 87 no. 4



+1 ! +1 !

I would add the B flat minor fugue; restrained, but yum.


Yes, a-a-and the mysterious haunting other-worldly F# minor fugue. Just sit down and play the theme-- it's a total ululation.

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Re: Most Haunting Piano Pieces... [Re: PaulaPiano34] #1609989
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Hi:

Interesting question, and I look forward to taking the time to check out the many pieces folks have offered.

The list is incomplete however, without adding Erik Satie's Gnossiennes, particularly variants #1, #3 and the mind-blowingly deep #4 variant. Also, I find the Gymnopedie #3 most moving/haunting, though #1 is most popular.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgDPl6J3lIY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8356FxUT20
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IR2J32l_2JU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7DBoiyBoJ8

Hmm, I need to suggest five, eh? Oh well, not tonight...


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Scriabin: Vers la flamme
Brahms: op.118/2
Chopin: 2nd sonata(finale)
Debussy: pour les agréments
Ligeti: automne à Varsovie


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i always seem to put Ravel on these lists no matter what the subject.

so here is some hauntingly beautiful Ravel. what can i say, i like Ravel smile

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6x6QidDukU&playnext=1&list=PL248E27294D6476E8

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Brahms Intermezzo op. 118 no. 2 - Van Cliburn
Ravel, Sonatine - II. Mouvement de Menuet - Martha Argerich
Persian Song by G.I Gurdjieff and Thomas de Hartmann - Alain Kremski

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Just discovered this jewel of a piece and very beautifully played here, too...
http://www.youtube.com/user/Piacom1#p/u/6/JPiTqk90NNs

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Ah, yes -- the Scriabin Sonata No 3 -- actually, the most "haunting" music for me is the 3rd movement -- absolutely beautiful melody, and stunning shimmering accompaniment -- 4th movement is a tad long for my taste, but very successful overall. Scriabin was more successful than any other composer at re-creating the unique qualities of Frederic Chopin's output, and this is certainly a great example of that.


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