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BERG / HINDEMITH / HARTMANN: Piano Sonatas / SCHOENBERG: 3 Piano Pieces

Composer(s):
Artist(s) Brewster Franzetti, Allison, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570401
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


Schoenberg’s Three Piano Pieces come from 1894, long before he had developed the theories that led to serial music. His pupil Berg’s Sonata, Op. 1 was written as his period of study came to an end. Paul Hindemith represents a different and equally original school of composition, his three Piano Sonatas dating from the later 1930s when his work, like that of Berg and Schoenberg, had already been condemned by Germany’s Nazi government. Hartmann, who has enjoyed less distinction, studied with Schoenberg's pupil Webern and was a survivor of the political events of the 1930s and of the war. His Sonata of 1945, revised in 1947, reflects his reaction to the events through which he had lived.


   




Review By David Denton,Naxos,August 2007

In the accompanying programme notes Allison Brewster Franzetti expresses her admiration for the Hindemith sonata, a score that is still too rarely performed, though the jewel in her recital is surely Karl Amadeus Hartmann's disturbing sonata that reflects his feelings at the end of the Second World War. The "odd man out'is Alban Berg, whose sonata was composed in 1908 under the influence of Arnold Schoenberg's thoughts on the new world of the Second Viennese School. Before this revelation entered his head Schoenberg was working in tonality through the Three Piano Pieces in 1894, keyboard works unpublished in his lifetime. Hindemith's Second Sonata remains locked into the tonality that rejects Schoenberg's later musical ideology, the three movements having a classical simplicity in

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