Michel Block, Piano
Scriabin: Sonata-Fantasy No.2, Op.19
Chopin: Polonaise-Fantasy, Op.61
and other works Total Playing Time 58' 30"
J.S. Bach-Godowsky: Andante in C Major (Aria from Sonata No. 2 in A Minor for Solo Violin, BVVV 1003)
Among the numerous works Bach penned during his seven years as music director for Prince Leopold at the Court of CÃ¶then, are a set of six sonatas and partitas for solo violin.
Johannes Brahms: Three Intermezzi from "KlavierstÃ¼cke, Op. 76"
When Brahms created the eight pieces of his Opus 76, he was in his mid-40s and enjoyed a reputation as the leading instrumental composer of his day. The set appeared in 1879 and the individual pieces were remarkable for being much shorter than his earlier works for solo piano. Each concise essay harbors a depth and richness beyond a mere miniature and the music itself is tinged with the warmth and reflectiveness of the composers final years.
Gabriel FaurÃ©: Nocturne No. 6 in D-flat Major, Op. 63
FaurÃ©'s piano music forms the link between the virtuoso piano style of early French Romantic music and the later music of Debussy and Ravel. Though he was primarily an organist, Faur6 chose the piano to express his most intimate thoughts. Written in the summer of 1894, the sixth of his thirteen nocturnes offers a finely wrought work whose restrained passions range from meditation to rapture
Alexander Scriabin: Sonata No. 2 in G-sharp Minor, Op. 19, Sonata-Fantasy
The piano served as the principal means of expression for Scriabin, but it took him an unusually long time to complete the two movements of his Sonata-Fantasy. He began the work in Paris in 1892, then spent the next five years fretting over revisions. Patience exhausted, his publisher finally took it away from him and printed it "as is" in 1897. According to Scriabin, the sea was his inspiration.
FrÃ©dÃ©ric Chopin: Mazurka in A Minor, Op. 67, No. 4 (Op. posth.)
Polonaise-Fantasy in A-flat Major, Op. 61
Chopin is the only famous master who composed almost exclusively for the piano. His daring yet natural sense of musical design engendered pieces that progress like poetry, flying on the wings of his imagination. The two works on this recording were completed in 1846 and show Chopin at the Zenith of his creative powers.