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Leon Kirchner - Works for Solo Piano

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Piano Sonata No. 1: Lento/doppo movemento
6:56
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Piano Sonata No. 1: Adagio
5:15
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Piano Sonata No. 1: Allegro risoluto
3:30
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Interlude I
Artist: Peter Serkin
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Five Pieces for Piano: The Auctioneer
Artist: Max Levinson
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Five Pieces for Piano: He Scanned it--staggered--
Artist: Max Levinson
2:53
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Five Pieces for Piano: The Crickets Sang
Artist: Max Levinson
4:34
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Five Pieces for Piano: Much madness is divinest sense
Artist: Max Levinson
1:38
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Five Pieces for Piano: There came a wind
Artist: Max Levinson
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Interlude II
Artist: Jonathan Biss
5:53
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The Forbidden
Artist: Joel Fan
9:20
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Sonata No. 2
Artist: Jeremy Denk
13:29
 
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Fleisher, Serkin, etc. v. Nightfly and SunCat

DC10

Let's see: These six world class pianists, as well as Yo-Yo Ma, have all performed and/or commissioned works by the recently departed Kirchner. But the first two reviewers know better than them, right? It couldn't possibly be that this music gloriously sails right over their heads, could it?

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be brave

nostoryrob

I'm writing this as a response to the first two reviews; ignore them and download this if you enjoy virtuosic and challenging music. It's obvious that great pianists are playing this music because they believe in it! So be brave and listen with an open mind and heart.

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remarkable

weirdnoise

I wasn't familiar with Kirchner's music before, but after encountering him on a compilation album I was quite impressed. A former pupil of Schoenberg, Kirchner nevertheless eschews the 12-tone system to pursue his own chromatic language. He writes with force and assurance. Like much of the music of the latter 20th century, it is complex and challenging, an acquired taste. But here is a composer with something to say, who says it well. The performances are generally quite good as you might expect, and are up to the challenges presented. (I'm convinced that some people got turned off to 20th century music because they've heard it performed so badly -- not a problem here.) Since the instruments and venues vary along with the interpreters, the recording sonics do as well; some of the recordings seem to have a fair amount of analog tape hiss. But that's a small matter that in no way detracts from the music.

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No invective

tfdill

It is certainly everyone's right and privilege to express dissatisfaction or dislike of any body of music or set of performances, but the two lame dismissals of Leon Kirchner's piano works posted here have no value or interest. They seem to have avoided listening at all. What I hear is a group of modernist piano works--melodic, a bit craggy in places, sometimes dissonant, consistent with the best kinds of piano composition of the 20th century. (One shudders to think what the other reviewers would have to say about the Etudes of Ligeti or the sonata of Jean Barraque.) What is more, the six pianists, including Leon Fleisher, play these works with great delicacy and skill. Yes, the music makes demands on the listener; it is not easy nor friendly, but to dismiss it as unlistenable strikes me as an admission that the critic refuses to try to hear. This recording is a valuable component of my piano library, and I recommend it highly.

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Terrible

NightFly

Who is Leon Kirchner and why are these great pianists playing his music???? Play samples first..I said "how bad can it be with Leon Fleisher and Peter Serkin?"..Did I learn a lesson?

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May be your cup of tea -- not mine

SunCat

Downloaded because it was Fleisher playing. I didn't know Kirchner's work. Still don't. Don't want to. This sonata was written in 1948. Luckily he didn't write another until 2003. So it's really only two too many.

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