Lately I get a lot more out of listening to and trying to understand new works (new to me) than I do out of re-listening to classics for the 1000th time. I’ve also found that I get extra pleasure from fully ‘learning’ complex/intellectual, and difficult to dissect works. For instance, this week I finally wrapped my head around Scriabin 8th, Medtner Minacciosa, and Feinberg 4. So, thinking specifically of piano works and sonatas in the 8-mins plus category, what are some that you all think might be worth my time? (I especially love Russian sheeyats, and anything post 1900).
Some on my to-do list include:
- Myaskovsky 3 & 4
- Busoni Fantasia Contrappuntistica
- Ives Sonata 2 (I know it, but not as well as I’d like)
- Berg Sonata 1 (Shame on me, I’ve only heard it a few times)
- Medtner Sonata Op. 30 (The only remaining one that I don’t really know)
- Ustvolskaya Sonata 2