Satie: Embryons Desséchés

performed by Aldo Ciccolini, or below by Daniel Varsano second and third (cover image by Zhu Xihua) In contrast with what seemed last week like pretty genuinely serious music from Satie, we have something today that really embodies what most … Continue reading Satie: Embryons Desséchés

Rued Langgaard: Symphony no. 1, BVN 32, ‘Klippepastoraler’

‘Mountain Pastorals’ performed by the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra under Ilya Stupel, or below by the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Thomas Dausgaard in what is likely a better performance, or this one with Segerstam Rud Immanuel Langgaard (spelled like … Continue reading Rued Langgaard: Symphony no. 1, BVN 32, ‘Klippepastoraler’

Prokofiev Piano Concerto no. 2, op. 16

performed by the London Symphony Orchestra under Andre PrevinVladimir Ashkenazy, piano This was kind of Ashkenazy’s warhorse for a while I’m told. The Interwebs told me. This piece comes up often in the “hardest piano concerto ever” discussions that many an amateur like to have. I believe that comes from summing up the scope of the greatest challenge possible and putting things into perspective against it. Maybe. Anyway, Prok 2, Rach 2 and 3, Brahms 2, and Bartok 1 and 2 seem to be the ones that are most often agreed upon as being frighteningly, intensely difficult (obviously in different … Continue reading Prokofiev Piano Concerto no. 2, op. 16