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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...
Awakening Offline
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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 \:\)

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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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undoubtedly for me...

the Lizst transcriptions of Bach's Organ Preludes and Fugues

my top three rotate.

Man oh man..

the best pianist transcribes the best keyboard music ever written by the world's greatest composer for normal pianists
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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...
Bill Finn Offline
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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

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#380351 - 03/17/07 03:30 AM Re: If you were to name three greatest piano solo pieces in the classical repertoire...
Max W Offline
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 Quote:
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 [/b]
Surely the only answer for Postmodern you could give would be "All of them"....? (or perhaps "All of the above")

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#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 \:\)

-Michael B.
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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 \:\)
You don't like your Tchaikovsky with a generous helping of tears? Some people are so heartless.. \:\) :p \:D
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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. [/b]
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 01:27 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
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Chopin: Etudes Op. 25, Nos. 10-12
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#380356 - 01/02/08 02:15 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 02:59 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 08:14 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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#380359 - 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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Registered: 12/28/07
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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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