wr, I only know choice works by some of the composers on your list because of invaluable YT contributors like John11
and especially fyrexianoff
(I forget now, but I believe he is reincarnated SWMD.)
I haven't even heard of some of them. Any specific recommendations for the ones listed?:
Off the top of my head, here's a list of composers who have written some fine piano music who rarely get mentioned here...
...Even relatively well-known composers of piano music like Poulenc hardly ever come up for discussion here.
I admit I only know Poulenc's two-piano concerto, but I don't understand why I hear it all the time. I don't think it's a great work at all... I cringe from that opening crash and piano flourish. The simple-hommage-to-Classical-wait-no-just-boring Larghetto.. The 3rd movement is the highlight and somewhat catchy and bouncy, but overall, the piece is hardly worth the frequency of performance and airtime that I come across. I don't even own a recording of it and I hear it all the time...
What else by Poulenc is worthwhile?
Well, to me, Poulenc's 2-piano concerto is wonderful, so I wouldn't know what to hazard as a guess of something his you might think was worthwhile. It's quite possible you just don't care for his particular sensibility. But, if you want to check out some more - I very much like this Trio, for oboe, bassoon, and piano.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0QX-06vco8
His clarinet sonata is excellent, too - a classic of that repertoire.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMb_F9GsG8Q
Let's see, about that list - Kenneth Leighton
There is a variety of piano works from him - sonatas, etudes, concertos, etc. This "Fantastia Contrapuntistica" is impressive, I think (historical note - Pollini gave the premiere performance, back in 1956)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_ZIZ0mhc78Harold Shapero
I love his three neo-classical "amateur" sonatas. I have to say, he certainly had high expectations of amateurs - these are not easy pieces. Here's the first one - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYGrrrhyvqoRoger Sessions
He made three piano sonatas, the last two being rather tough (at least to me), but rewarding. Here's the second...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjpcgoP_yiYErnest Krenek
He was quite prolific, and wrote in a variety of idioms, ranging from the simplest diatonic harmony to hard-core 12-tone stuff, sometimes within the same piece. Here's a fun example that covers quite a bit of ground in terms of tonality - his "George Washington Variations".http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d69sv7E0J7Y Arthur Honegger
There's not a lot of piano music from Honegger. Long ago I got a recording that included his somewhat Stravinsky-ish Concertino, and I like it a lot. It's too bad it isn't heard more often - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeqhKYRV7ugIgor Markevitch
His story is quite strange - he was becoming widely respected composer, but something happened, and he stopped composing while still fairly young, and went on to have a career as one of the great conductors of the 20th century. His Variations, Fugue and Envoi on a Theme of Handel
for piano was his last original composition, and it is, IMO, a masterpiece. There's only one performance on YT that I found and it's frustrating in a couple of ways - one is that it is from a competition and the time bell cuts it off during the fugue. The other is that the sound is pretty murky, and the pianist really deserves much better. But beggars can't be choosers, I guess, so here it it... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lHSQopQQbMSigrid [sic] Karg-Elert
(That was a typo in the first name, of course.) Karg-Elert is mostly known to the organ world these days, I think, but he wrote other music (my first encounter with his music long ago was through some etudes for solo saxophone, and IIRC, they were pretty interesting). I was thinking of his big, feverishly late-Romantic third piano sonata when I mentioned him, and it turns out I can't find a recording of it on YT at all (but I know it has been recorded). You can find the score at IMSLP, at any rate.Charles Koechlin
Koechlin was very prolific, and left a good deal of piano music. His Paysages et Marines
are fairly representative, I think.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqLdITP6HO0
He's also (rather surprisingly) BBC Radio 3's "Composer of the Week" this week, so you can listen to that daily program (which is available on from their website for a week after it is first broadcast) to get a dose of his other music, and pick up various bits of information about his life.