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‘Greatest living pianist’ announces recital. Will decide what he plays on the night.

If you’ve been following the ‘greatest living pianist’ brouhaha, there’s an unexpected chance to hear him the week after next.

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  1. Timon Wapenaar says:

    How much are tickets? I’m not going unless he charges more than Lang Lang…

  2. Martin Locher says:

    F. Schubert: Impromptus D. 899, Op. 90
    F. Schubert: Drei Klavierstücke, D. 946
    L. van Beethoven: Sonata per a piano núm. 29, Op. 106 “Hammerklavier”

  3. Jonathan Z says:

    Not really unexpected as it’s been listed on the website that I pointed to yesterday for ages –

    On that same site it informs that for the period January to August 2013 Sokolov wll be playing the following program at all his recitals:

    F. Schubert
    - 4 Impromptus op. 90 D 899 (1827)
    F. Schubert
    - Drei Klavierstücke D 946 (1828)
    *** ***
    L. van Beethoven
    - Klaviersonate Nr. 29 B flat major op. 106
    - “Große Sonate für das Hammerklavier”

    It just seems that venue hasn’t updated its own site.

  4. Martin Malmgren says:

    It’s worth pointing out that being the perfectionist he is, he usually goes on tour with the same program for a longer period of time until he switches it for something else. If you know the program he’ll be performing in July, you might also assume that that’s what he’ll play in March as well. Will hear him in June in Helsinki, and am hardly surprised he’s playing this stuff since January.

    Last year I heard him doing Brahms Handel variations, op 117, Mozart a minor sonata and some Rameau. The year before he offered a FANTASTIC Bach + Schumann recital with the Humoreske, op. 32 by the latter and the Italian concerto and French overture by the former. Of course, there were tons of encores on both occasions. I can’t think of many pianists with such a rich tonal palette – not that one couldn’t have reservations for how he uses that palette, of course. As for Hammerklavier, he plays it masterfully since his early years of course, but for my taste he goes a bit too far away from the metronome marks – the fugue especially seems to lose a lot of its nerve, for me at least.

  5. Try Sokolov’s Brahms 2….it’s in YouTube with Saraste…truly great!

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