7 September 2004

Currently Listening To

I was recently drawn back to the Beethoven sonatas while thinking about music form and content in my recent post. I once played the prestissimo movement from the Sonata #30 (in a definitively un-prestissimo manner), and we had heard it performed at Emory a couple of seasons back (by whom?). I really fell in love with the epic theme and variations in the final movement. I love solo and chamber concerts for their intimacy and for the connection you have to these musicians as they perform at the height of musical ability. It's exhausting just to listen to the climax of the final movement with its double-trills, fluid changes in key and meter, and expansive handling of style. Watching it performed 20 feet away was exhilarating.

Piano Sonatas Nos. 30, 31, & 32
Piano Sonatas Nos. 30, 31, & 32; Beethoven, Ludwig van

Eldorado; ELO

String Quartets, Op. 33 & 74
String Quartets, Op. 33 & 74; Haydn, Franz Joseph

Violin Concertos, Nos. 1 and 2
Violin Concertos, Nos. 1 and 2; Penderecki, Krzysztof

Sonic Nurse
Sonic Nurse; Sonic Youth

Music for Two Pianos (Music For Four Hands)
Music for Two Pianos (Music For Four Hands); Stravinsky, Igor

[ posted by sstrader on 7 September 2004 at 12:20:57 AM in Current Interests , Music ]