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Just read the post about composers that are unjustfiably ignored, there are composers, not ness.on that list, whose oeuvre has some hidden treasures, overlooked in the modernday concert-repertoire, or there are some masterpieces, hailed by the critics, but never/hardly performed. My little beginning of a suggestion;
Poulenc: Les soirées de Nazelles Reger: Intermezzi op.45/Telemann-variations Rachmaninoff: 1st sonata,lol, Chopinvariations Chopin: op.46 Beethoven: Polonaise/Fantasie Weber: sonatas, esp.nr.2 Liszt: Scherzo und Marsch Reubke: sonata/scherzo Lyapunov: sonata/études Dale: sonata Chabrier: pièces pittoresques/bourée fantastique Balakirev: sonata Grieg: ballade Fauré: ballade etc. call me oldfashioned, oh, rather don't.
Longtemps, je me suis couché de bonne heure, but not anymore!
Brahms:Variations on an Original Theme in D major, Op.21(?) Albeniz:Iberia(performed but not emough IMO considering how great it is) Chopin: Rondo a la Mazur Op.5 Bach-Busoni:St.Anne Prelude and Fugue Haydn:Capriccio in G major De Falla:Fantasia Baetica
Some of the pieces mentioned are not "overlooked" but are just too damn hard to play.
What if 10% of aspiring pianists put the same time and effort, or even half of it, into Iberia that they were going to put into Chopin Polonaises or Liszt Etudes? How much richer would we all be for it?
Pensée des morts. Variations on a theme from Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen. Mephisto Waltzes 2 and 3. Trois Odes Funèbres. The Dante Symphony. Der nächtliche Zug. The lieder in general! Christus. Missa solennis zur Einweihung der Basilika in Gran.
^I'd say all of these are among Liszt's finest works.
Apparitions. Aux cyprès de la Villa d'Este I and II: Thrénodie. Andante lagrimoso. Grosses Konzertsolo. Weihnachtsbaumin. The 'other' Lied self-transcriptions (not the third Liebestraume or the Petrarch Sonnets, but the 'other' Liebestraume (especially 1) and works like Am Rhein, im schönen Strome, Der du von dem Himmel bist, Die Zelle in Nonnenwerth, and the revised version of Die Lorelei). The tone poems not named Les Preludes. Die Glocken des Strassburger Münsters. Psalm 13. Via Crucis.
Many more. I think that Liszt's (annoyingly all-over-the-place) output is absolutely full of hidden treasures that are as good as most of the pieces that are more commonly known.
My number one choice for this category would be the Brahms variations on an original theme, Op. 21 no. 1, which another poster also mentioned. I think it's absolutely wonderful; for me, it's as good as the Haendel variations, but sadly no one plays it.
Also, Brahms' Op. 1 and 2 sonatas, they get overlooked due to phenomenal Op. 5.
A work that I've recently 'discovered' that certainly fits this category is Shostakovich's piano sonata no. 2.
Khachaturian: Concert Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra Debussy:Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra Medtner: Piano Concertos Rachmaninnoff: Moment Musical (i think its op.16) Mozart Sonata in F (the one no one plays!!!)
Schubert 959 could use a little more exposure. I feel it's an even greater sonata than 960.
But am I remembering right that you didn't care for the treatment of the last movement's theme as much as its earlier A-minor sonata setting? (I could just look this up using pianoworld search, but it's more fun not to.)
Beethoven op.110, Chopin op.27/2, Liszt Vallée d'Obermann
William Byrd -both his Anglican and RC works- are CONSTANTLY sung in British cathedrals, there has never been any doubt re his status. Check out a recent recording from Durham Cathedral (Priory 801) of his choral works. Also, the weekly broadcast of Evensong via BBC frequently features works of Byrd.
Just wish I liked his instrumental works better, they are so dreary.