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#1440221 - 05/20/10 10:40 AM Most Emotional Pieces?
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I was wondering what everybody thought was the most expressive, emotional piano piece they've ever heard?

Links welcome. And if you want to throw in something that isn't solo piano in addition, please do.
(I'd offer my own opinion, but I'm somewhat new to the genre and am still trying to expose myself to classical.)
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#1440241 - 05/20/10 11:07 AM Re: Most Emotional Pieces? [Re: Mermanof83]
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Im sure there are lots out there but here are 2 examples.

When in the right frame of mind, Scriabin's C Sharp Minor Etude is very powerful music.

So can be Scenes From Childhood (Traumerie) but in a different kind of way.
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#1440249 - 05/20/10 11:13 AM Re: Most Emotional Pieces? [Re: Mermanof83]
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There are many expressive and "emotional" pieces, like the Hammerklavier Adagio or the Bach-Busoni chorale Ich ruf zu dir, but the one that moves me the most nowadays is probably the second movement from Rachmaninov second Sonata. It's so simple yet so touching, I tear up every time I play it in my mind.

It's not the recording I was looking for, as it seems a bit faster and less heart-rending than what I have in my memory, but well...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acxFvZ-5LaQ&feature=related
I don't really like the sonata as a whole (can't understand it yet probably) and prefer the first, but this movement... Ha voluptée.

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#1440255 - 05/20/10 11:27 AM Re: Most Emotional Pieces? [Re: Mostly]
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If you ask Most Emotional Pieces my list is this IMO

Scriabin Étude Op. 2 No. 1
Scriabin Étude Op. 8 No. 12
Schumann Träumerei
Schumann Der Dichter spricht
Schubert/Liszt Ständchen
Chopin Nocturne Op. 27, No. 2
Chopin Nocturne Op. 32, No. 1
Chopin Nocturne Op. 72, No. 1
Chopin Nocturne Op. 15, No. 2
Chopin Nocturne Op. 9, No. 1
Chopin Nocturne Op. 9, No. 1
Chopin Ballade No. 1
Chopin Ballade No. 4

I can write much much more but my hands tired.
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#1440271 - 05/20/10 11:46 AM Re: Most Emotional Pieces? [Re: Batuhan]
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among many others.... posting this one because I just discovered it and totally love it

enhanced version of a piano roll recording by the man himself!!


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#1440325 - 05/20/10 01:34 PM Re: Most Emotional Pieces? [Re: babama]
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Originally Posted By: babama
among many others.... posting this one because I just discovered it and totally love it

enhanced version of a piano roll recording by the man himself!!





That is a great recording - I've had it for some years on a compact disc of his piano roll recordings, and it's always been the best version for me to listen to!

As for the most emotional pieces - isn't that kind of a subjective question?
What makes one piece MORE emotional than another? An outward display of extreme romanticism?

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#1440348 - 05/20/10 02:20 PM Re: Most Emotional Pieces? [Re: Mermanof83]
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Heart-rending.. there was no sadder music ever written.

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#1440364 - 05/20/10 02:45 PM Re: Most Emotional Pieces? [Re: jeffreyjones]
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Chopin's Raindrop Prelude. Perhaps not the most powerful emotionally, one can really feel the music.

Elgar's Nimrod Variations - may not be Piano, but still lovely.
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#1440370 - 05/20/10 03:04 PM Re: Most Emotional Pieces? [Re: jesseoffy]
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There have been three pieces that have literally brought tears to my eyes.

-- The Brahms A major intermezzo (op.118 #2), in high school.

-- The last movement of Mahler's third symphony, in college.

-- Strauss's Four Last Songs, just a couple months ago.


I love the classical and modern periods, but I guess it's the romantics that get me.


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#1440380 - 05/20/10 03:35 PM Re: Most Emotional Pieces? [Re: jeffreyjones]
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Originally Posted By: jeffreyjones


Heart-rending.. there was no sadder music ever written.


I agree that this music is beautifully heart-rending. Neuhaus' performance, for my taste, overlooks that aspect by playing it too quickly.

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#1440398 - 05/20/10 04:09 PM Re: Most Emotional Pieces? [Re: jeffreyjones]
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Originally Posted By: jeffreyjones


Heart-rending.. there was no sadder music ever written.


Chopin Ballade no 1 is the saddest music ever written.
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#1440431 - 05/20/10 05:22 PM Re: Most Emotional Pieces? [Re: Batuhan]
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I'm not sure how so many got off on a "sad" tangent, or how "emotional" equates as such. At any rate the third movement of K. 488 (Mozart piano concerto No. 23) is full of emotion (Mozart's having a blast), Rach 3, while quite exotic, is emotionally draining, the 2nd movement of the Eroica moves me like no other work I know and brought tears to my eyes the first time ever I heard it, the fugue in c sharp minor from Book I is one of the most powerful pieces of music ever written, and the last movement of LVB's 9th is a pure adrenaline rush. I'm sure there's many I'm omitting, but these immediately come to mind.
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#1440469 - 05/20/10 06:29 PM Re: Most Emotional Pieces? [Re: stores]
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I know I will sound like a fool, but..
I do not like Brahms' intermezzi.
I have listened to many interpretations and I find the music a bit soupy and predictable.. Certainly not stirring or "emotional". Am I alone in this corner?

Speaking of which, I am off to see Yundi Li*'s concert at CH. Rescheduled from last November.. All Chopin.. It will be a very tall order, following Pollini 2 weeks ago...

* Actually he changed his name to just Yundi, it would seem..


Edited by Andromaque (05/20/10 06:34 PM)

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#1440475 - 05/20/10 06:35 PM Re: Most Emotional Pieces? [Re: Andromaque]
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Everyone is entitled to their own opinions Andromaque! I personally think the Brahms Intermezzi are an example of some of the greatest writing for the instrument, but to each his own.
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#1440480 - 05/20/10 06:42 PM Re: Most Emotional Pieces? [Re: Andromaque]
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Originally Posted By: Andromaque
I know I will sound like a fool, but..
I do not like Brahms' intermezzi.
I have listened to many interpretations and I find the music a bit soupy and predictable.. Certainly not stirring or "emotional". Am I alone in this corner?

Indeed you are entitled to your opinion, and it's completely valid. No need to decrease your font size!

I can't convince you that the music isn't soupy, or that it's stirring. Those are personal reactions. I would at least argue, however, that the intermezzi are not predictable. I feel Brahms goes out of his way to change rhythms, textures and especially harmony in all kinds of unpredictable ways. Some of these things one might not absorb until one has played through the music instead of just listening to it. (Not sure whether you've played through them, but it might really open them up to you).

-J
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#1440486 - 05/20/10 06:55 PM Re: Most Emotional Pieces? [Re: beet31425]
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Originally Posted By: Andromaque
I know I will sound like a fool, but..
I do not like Brahms' intermezzi.
*PUNCH!!*

wink

Originally Posted By: beet31425
-- The Brahms A major intermezzo (op.119 #2), in high school.
I assume you meant the Op 118 No 2? Beautiful indeed.

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#1440489 - 05/20/10 06:57 PM Re: Most Emotional Pieces? [Re: Ridicolosamente]
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As far as I am concerned, all pieces are equally emotional. They all seem to start bawling like babies when I play them!
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#1440496 - 05/20/10 07:05 PM Re: Most Emotional Pieces? [Re: BDB]
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Most of Chopin's Nocturnes...
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#1440497 - 05/20/10 07:05 PM Re: Most Emotional Pieces? [Re: Ridicolosamente]
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Originally Posted By: Ridicolosamente
Originally Posted By: beet31425
-- The Brahms A major intermezzo (op.119 #2), in high school.
I assume you meant the Op 118 No 2? Beautiful indeed.


Yeah, 118, just like I said!

(behold the power of the edit smile ...)
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#1440498 - 05/20/10 07:09 PM Re: Most Emotional Pieces? [Re: ChopinAddict]
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I'm always emotionally drained after the slow movement of the Busoni Concerto.
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#1440507 - 05/20/10 07:28 PM Re: Most Emotional Pieces? [Re: argerichfan]
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Definitely the 2nd movement of Haydn's Piano Sonata Hob. XVI:49. It's absolutely stunning.
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#1440509 - 05/20/10 07:29 PM Re: Most Emotional Pieces? [Re: argerichfan]
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Right now I'd say the Liszt sonata for me.

Hmm or rach étude 39/1. So good to play that when you've just found out your school takes away the (pathetic) summer grant, after it's been given to you, because they don't think you "need that much money". When you desparately do.

Or rach 2nd symphony!!!!!


Edited by AngelinaPogorelich (05/20/10 07:31 PM)
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#1440512 - 05/20/10 07:33 PM Re: Most Emotional Pieces? [Re: Pogorelich.]
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Originally Posted By: AngelinaPogorelich
Right now I'd say the Liszt sonata for me.

Hmm or rach étude 39/1. So good to play that when you've just found out your school takes away the (pathetic) summer grant, after it's been given to you, because they don't think you "need that much money". When you desparately do.

Or rach 2nd symphony!!!!!

Have you tried arguing with them about it? Sometimes at my school that works. But then...my school is a big mess right now.

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#1440530 - 05/20/10 08:00 PM Re: Most Emotional Pieces? [Re: Frozenicicles]
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Well the only person higher than the woman who did this is the Dean.. And he's not my biggest fan to be honest.. I sent him a very nasty (and truthful) email after he fired one of the best teachers here, and he still has not forgotten it..... Argh. I give her one more day until I blow up in her face.
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#1440590 - 05/20/10 09:49 PM Re: Most Emotional Pieces? [Re: Mattardo]
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Quote:
As for the most emotional pieces - isn't that kind of a subjective question?
What makes one piece MORE emotional than another? An outward display of extreme romanticism?


The subjective quality of the question is the beauty of it.
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#1440607 - 05/20/10 10:13 PM Re: Most Emotional Pieces? [Re: Mermanof83]
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Lipatti playing bach...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fhqqxEQRRY

And yeah, rachmaninoff's second sonata, second movement is enormously moving...

Also, the middle of Chopin's 4rth scherzo, I love so much, here's Richter
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EF0orKWbP-c&feature=related
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#1440695 - 05/21/10 02:25 AM Re: Most Emotional Pieces? [Re: Ridicolosamente]
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Originally Posted By: Ridicolosamente
Originally Posted By: Andromaque
I know I will sound like a fool, but..
I do not like Brahms' intermezzi.
*PUNCH!!*

wink



-Daniel


My! You are quiet the gentleman, Daniel!

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#1440720 - 05/21/10 03:21 AM Re: Most Emotional Pieces? [Re: Andromaque]
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The adagio from Beethoven's Hammerklavier expresses, to me, more sadness than any piece I've heard.

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#1440723 - 05/21/10 03:31 AM Re: Most Emotional Pieces? [Re: Andromaque]
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My favorite piano piece at the moment. A storm of emotions compressed into one piece.
Sometimes I think it's over the top, sometimes there's nothing better. smile
I also love that there is this brilliant romantic theme inside (returning for the second time as a massive climax).


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#1440730 - 05/21/10 04:01 AM Re: Most Emotional Pieces? [Re: babama]
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Yes the Scriabin fantasy is beautiful ; but it's also really hard... I played it a few years back and wasn't really satisfied. Like most Scriabin, you need a lot of control to play it properly - I've "often" heard it played by other students, and it gets really blurry and messy if you're not careful.

I find Scriabin more "beautiful" then "emotional" ; appart from a few pieces, his work have some kind of pristine glimmer to them that one doesn't find in more romantic works like those of Rachmnaninov for instance. People are often mislead because Scriabin has a lot of flashy techniques, like octaves and huge jumps and chords, but what matters to me is the fragility and carefully crafted and whispered lyricism.
I find Prokofiev much more "emotional" because he is much more straighforward ; on topic, his 8th sonata is really breath-taking, alternating moments of anger with moments of painful meditation - not to forget the interlude of the second movement that always leaves me with many questions - because it seems so simple in the midst of the conflict that is that sonata.


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