Repeated notes on the piano...Monotonous? Never! They can elicit delight, inner contemplation or a powerful sense of being irresistibly overwhelmed by sound. In this playlist, our curator Arno Lücker uses 25 tracks to argue his case...Read more…
- Bach • Das Wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book II BWV 870-893 • BWV 885 • Fugue No. 16 in G minor
- Liszt • Mephisto Waltz No. 1 for Piano S 514 “The Dance in the Village Inn” • Allegro vivace (quasi presto)Mephisto Waltz No. 1 for Piano S 514
Allegro vivace (quasi presto)Alexander Gavrylyuk (Piano)℗ 2017
- Fauré • Nocturne No. 11 in F sharp minor op. 104/1 • Molto moderatoNocturne No. 11 in F sharp minor op. 104/1
Molto moderatoKathryn Stott (Piano)℗ 1988
- Grieg • Lyric Pieces for Piano (Book 3) op. 43 • 6. Til Foråret (To Spring)Lyric Pieces for Piano (Book 3) op. 43
6. Til Foråret (To Spring)Gerard Willems (Piano)℗ 2015
- Rameau • Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin: Suite in G major RCT 6 • 4. La pouleNouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin: Suite in G major RCT 6
4. La pouleHans Pålsson (Piano)August 1997, Malmö, TV-huset Malmö
- Prokofiev • Toccata for Piano in D minor op. 11 (1912) • Allegro marcatoToccata for Piano in D minor op. 11 (1912)
Allegro marcatoMartha Argerich (Piano)1960, Hannover, Beethoven-Saal
- Clementi • Sonata for Piano in G minor op. 34/2 • I. Largo sostenuto - Allegro con fuocoSonata for Piano in G minor op. 34/2
I. Largo sostenuto - Allegro con fuocoVladimir Horowitz (Piano)1954, New York, 14 East 94th Street (Horowitz's Home)
- Haydn • Sonata for Piano in E flat major Hob. XVI:52 • III. Finale. PrestoSonata for Piano in E flat major Hob. XVI:52
III. Finale. PrestoEvgeni Koroliov (Piano)2009
- Rachmaninoff • Études-tableaux for Piano op. 33 • Étude No. 6 in E flat major (Allegro con fuoco)Études-tableaux for Piano op. 33
Étude No. 6 in E flat major (Allegro con fuoco)Nareh Arghamanyan (Piano)2012, Valthermond, Concertboerjerij
- Ravel • Gaspard de la Nuit M 55 (1908) • 2. Le Gibet. Très lentGaspard de la Nuit M 55 (1908)
2. Le Gibet. Très lentIvo Pogorelich (Piano)℗ 1983
The constant tolling of notes on the piano can be used to conjure up all sorts of moods and feelings. There are sadness, stagnation, despair, on the one hand, but also meditation, or even a mocking wit and cheerful, resigned harmonisation with the tick-tocking transience that characterises all human existence.
This playlist shows musical repetition in all its multifaceted glory. Each work, composed for piano, has been hand-picked to follow on harmonically from the the previous one. The result is a kind of hybridised orgy of repetition: taking us once through the entire circle of fifths - on 88 keys.
All the great composers of piano music history have their say - and despite all that repetition, no single one is heard more than once...