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Loc: New York City
Although I guess(using that word because I don't feel very qualified to comment on his compositions) Rzewski is a very great composer(and I like his compositions that I'm familiar with) and terrific pianist, I do not understand what he does even in the first few minutes of the first movement. I'm talking about all the sudden unwritten ritards or extreme rubato which I don't normally think of as appropriate for playing music from the classical era.
Perhaps someone can offer some explanation or justification?
I haven't listened to the whole thing yet but I found the first movement very interesting. I have to hand it to Rzewski though, he kept his ornamentations, which I don't recall anybody else doing and his cadenzas stayed at least in the correct few decades stylistically. (though the first movement cad. got a little Schubertian, and then maybe a bit Brahmsian, but at least didn't try to make a 20th - 21st century cadenza fit into an early 19th century piece.
I found his overall treatment full of refreshing freedom.
Loc: western MA, USA
Is this the Rzewski recording where he was just goofing around in the studio between takes of another project and decided to see how much he could remember of some Beethoven sonatas without the score? I know that exists, don't know if these are the recordings.