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17 Oct 2007
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Beethoven: Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109
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Recording Date: Sun 7 Oct 2007
I, II - Vivace, ma non troppo - Adagio espressivo - Prestissimo (7:01)
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III - Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung - Variations I, II (6:03)
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III - Variations III - VI (9:19)
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Chopin: Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28
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Recording Date: Sun 7 Oct 2007
Prelude no 1 in C major; Prelude no 2 in A minor (2:51)
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Prelude no 3 in G major; Prelude no 4 in E minor (2:55)
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Prelude no 5 in D major; Prelude no 6 in B minor; Prelude no 7 in A major (3:37)
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Prelude no 8 in F sharp minor (1:56)
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Prelude no 9 in E major; Prelude no 10 in C sharp minor; Prelude no 11 in B major (2:29)
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Prelude no 12 in G sharp minor (1:21)
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Prelude no 13 in F sharp major; Prelude no 14 in E flat minor (4:22)
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Prelude no 15 in D flat major "Raindrop" (4:46)
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Prelude no 16 in B flat minor (1:08)
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Prelude no 17 in A flat major (3:03)
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Prelude no 18 in F minor (0:54)
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Prelude no 19 in E flat major; Prelude no 20 in C minor (2:53)
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Prelude no 21 in B flat major; Prelude no 22 in G minor; Prelude no 23 in F major (3:29)
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Prelude no 24 in D minor (3:51)
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Liszt: Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178
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Composer: Franz Liszt
Recording Date: Sun 7 Oct 2007
Lento assai - Allegro energico - Grandioso (10:42)
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Recitativo - Andante sostenuto (8:43)
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Allegro energico (13:20)
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Granados: Goyescas for Piano, Op. 11
Composer: Enrique Granados
Recording Date: Sun 7 Oct 2007
Quejas, o la maja y el ruiseñor (6:48)
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Rachmaninov: Moments musicaux (6), Op. 16
Recording Date: Sun 7 Oct 2007
Moments musicaux no 4 in E minor (3:35)
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Peter Orth (piano soloist)
I am accutely aware about many of the circus masters, musicians, actors, statesmen, confessors, personalities, etc. who have told their stories in books, lectures, and articles in promotion or explanation of their life’s work. Having been conflicted about doing the same for as long as I can remember, I find myself in a similar position, as the very generous people at InstantEncore.com have asked for some words to accompany my recent piano recital available on their new web site.

Alas, to describe music itself is anathema to my make up. What is music ? Any discussion of content, style, history, or technique all spell horror to someone who would rather do his work quietly – as I do. ( This of course does not mean I am not utterly informed by those things )

The seeds of a program come in different forms. Sometimes you are asked for certain reperoire as part of an engagement – and then sometimes you dream of a work from your unconscious. As the piano repertoire is vast and unending, there is always something out there which comes knocking at the door of your sensibility to be brought into life. Having to compose a new recital is a huge undertaking even if it happens occasionally quite by accident. It really depends on your point of view. And if you are lucky that point of view is changing along with the ebb and flow of your life and experience. You are always trying out new things. This can get you into trouble. Nontheless I strive to be honest artistically, so my trial and error will go on .

Last season I was asked to perform Beethoven 109 and the Liszt Sonata for a special program in upstate New York by my friend and cembalo virtuoso Andrew Appel. At the time I was intruiged that someone would not only put those two pieces together, but that they were actually 2 of my oldest friends. It felt like some kind of fate. Two pieces over which I had spent a great amount of time pondering – along with the fact of almost 30 years experience playing them. But, they had not come to me in over 15 years.

At the same time I was resolved to the inevitability of the Chopin Preludes becoming part of my life and undertook the beginning work in November 06. This association had started some 20 years before. I have flirted with this work for a long time – always knowing in the back of my mind the day would come to bite the bullet and do the work.

How to arrange pieces of music together is tricky and there is no real recipe for success. Perhaps except, to thine own self be true. I put the whole thing together – Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin - at first with the Preludes on the second half, but with the sage advice of 2 close friends realized that the Liszt Sonata must stand alone – so the Preludes closed out the first half.

Added to the above was my feeling that the risk of this program was well worth it. At this juncture I felt it the right timing to offer the Beethoven and the Liszt, and even though the Chopin was new, I figured a little gamble once in a while makes life exciting. It was time to put my cards on the table so to speak.