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#380345 - 03/15/07 02:25 PM Re: If you were to name three greatest piano solo pieces in the classical repertoire...  
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I haven't listened to all the solo classical repertoire out there...but my FAVORITE solo pieces that I have heard are as follows:

Liszt Sonata in B Minor - We all know why this is so great. There is no other piece like it, and it's devilishly difficult. Turns me inside out every time I listen to it.

Chopin Ballade No.1 in G Minor - Though I also love his fourth ballade, this one does generally move me more. A strikingly beautiful piece.

Chopin Fantaisie in F Minor - An underrated piece. Truly incredible, if you ask me. Not very easy to play, either smile

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#380346 - 03/15/07 03:23 PM Re: If you were to name three greatest piano solo pieces in the classical repertoire...  
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My short list for Beethoven would include the "Hammerklavier", the Opus 111, and the Diabelli Variations. For total length, difficulty and a summing up of Beethoven's keyboard traversal, it would have to be the "Diabelli's".
For the Romantic era, although the Lizst b minor would be a defining moment, perhaps Chopin's b minor would also be a candidate. I opt for Chopin, only because to me he is THE romantic piano composer.
For 20th century, Ravel's "Gaspard de la Nuit", hands down. Also perhaps Messiaen's "Vingt Regards" as well.


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#380347 - 03/16/07 12:02 PM Re: If you were to name three greatest piano solo pieces in the classical repertoire...  
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#380348 - 03/16/07 09:42 PM Re: If you were to name three greatest piano solo pieces in the classical repertoire...  
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Baroque -- Bach, Goldberg Variations

Classical -- Mozart A minor sonata and Schubert B-flat sonata

Romantic -- Chopin : Sonata No. 3, Barcarolle and Ballade No. 4; Brahms, Sonata No. 1 and Handel Variations

Modern -- Ravel, Gaspard de la Nuit; Messiaen, Vingt Regards; Stravinsky -- 3 Movements from Petrouchka; Rachmaninoff transcriptions; Wild, Fantasy on Themes from Porgy and Bess; Prokofieff, finales to Sonatas 7 & 8


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#380349 - 03/17/07 02:18 AM Re: If you were to name three greatest piano solo pieces in the classical repertoire...  
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"most of his pieces are those 10-minute long ones that are not extremely complex and cannot be said to be masterpieces on their own right"

Bach - Praeludium 1 from WTC
Beethoven - Für Elise
Brahms - Ballade 3 op10

to keep it simple for a change of perspective...


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#380350 - 03/17/07 02:35 AM Re: If you were to name three greatest piano solo pieces in the classical repertoire...  
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You did say just three pieces?

1. Bach: Fugue in Eb from the WTC Book I
2. Brahms: Intermezzo, Op, 118, No. 2
3. Debussy: Images I, Hommage a Rameau

#380351 - 03/17/07 03:30 AM Re: If you were to name three greatest piano solo pieces in the classical repertoire...  
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Originally posted by Robert Kenessey:
I take the liberty to enter five pieces, for each section of classical music
1) Baroque - Goldberg Variations (Bach)
2) Classical - Diabelli Variations (Beethoven)
3) Romantic - Polonaise-Fantasie (Chopin)
4) Modern - Out of Doors Suite (Bartók)
5) Postmodern - well, nothing that comes close to the five above
Surely the only answer for Postmodern you could give would be "All of them"....? (or perhaps "All of the above")

#380352 - 03/17/07 03:54 PM Re: If you were to name three greatest piano solo pieces in the classical repertoire...  
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Jason:
You make great points about the Prokofiev, yet (IMHO) the 6th sonata has always been my favourite (after the 3rd and 4th).

I like the 6th too, but hasn't quite the monumental stature (or thematic strength) of the 8th IMO. The 3rd and 9th are also strong favourites of mine. In addition, I have recently been playing the 1st quite a lot... and it's also the only Tchaikovsky I've ever liked smile

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#380353 - 03/17/07 04:21 PM Re: If you were to name three greatest piano solo pieces in the classical repertoire...  
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Originally posted by PoStTeNeBrAsLuX:
I have recently been playing the 1st quite a lot... and it's also the only Tchaikovsky I've ever liked smile
You don't like your Tchaikovsky with a generous helping of tears? Some people are so heartless.. smile :p laugh


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#380354 - 03/17/07 11:49 PM Re: If you were to name three greatest piano solo pieces in the classical repertoire...  
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Originally posted by Xinito:

Some notes: I didn't pick any Chopin pieces because most of his pieces are those 10-minute long ones that are not extremely complex and cannot be said to be masterpieces on their own right. Also didn't choose from Bach or Mozart because I don't know them too well, and they are a little too far away.
All of Chopin's pieces are not 10 minutes. I'd say 90% of them are under ten minutes. And they're not complex? His Polonaises, Etudes, 4th Ballade and Barcarolle aren't complex? That's a scary statement. Not knowing Bach or Mozart well doesn't help either. But oh well, here is my opinion on great pieces in no particular order:

1. Beethoven - Hammerklavier (Apassionata could be here too)

2. Liszt - Sonata

3. Chopin - Ballade 4

I would have mentioned other less overused answers, but I approached the question as "What piano pieces define the instruement and exploit all of its capabilities?"


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#380355 - 01/02/08 02:27 AM Re: If you were to name three greatest piano solo pieces in the classical repertoire...  
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1) Mozart: Fantasia in C minor, K. 475/Sonata in C minor, K. 457

2) Schumann: Fantasie, op. 17

3) Prokofiev: Sonata no. 8 in B-flat major, op. 84


Schubert: Impromptus Op. 90, Nos. 2 and 4
Chopin: Etudes Op. 25, Nos. 10-12
Scriabin: Sonata No. 2
#380356 - 01/02/08 03:15 AM Re: If you were to name three greatest piano solo pieces in the classical repertoire...  
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Since I worship Bach...

1) Well-tempered Clavier Bks. 1 and 2

2) French Suites Nos. 3-6

3) Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue

The next work by another composer comes in around 12th or 13th.


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#380357 - 01/02/08 03:59 AM Re: If you were to name three greatest piano solo pieces in the classical repertoire...  
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Cherub, please stop bumping long dead threads.


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#380358 - 01/04/08 09:14 PM Re: If you were to name three greatest piano solo pieces in the classical repertoire...  
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Rhapsody in Blue should be in there somewhere.


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I heard Ashkenazy play the Brahms F minor sonata in recital many years ago (around 1989). It was quite intense. The second half of the recital was Kreisleriana, which was breathtaking. Obviously, this wasn't a "greatest hits" concert aimed at the casual listener. He played the B major Chopin Nocturne as an encore. You could actually hear the audience sigh as he played the opening broken chord.

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