Lockdown Recordings by TBG Vice President, Prof. John Kersey

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Lockdown Recordings by TBG Vice President, Prof. John Kersey

A number of pianists have responded to the national lockdowns of 2020-21 by producing recordings from their homes. I decided to use the opportunity to do the same, and in doing so to choose music that particularly reflected my response to these events...

Wherever one may stand on all this, there is without question a general sense of uncertainty, of transition, of alienation and of loss of control. These are all themes explored in the late sonatas of Beethoven and Schubert, which are written with an unparalleled awareness of human mortality and which reach forward into the world beyond our own. I decided that central to this series of recordings would be the last three sonatas of Beethoven and Schubert, together with other key late works of Beethoven.

 

Continues here: https://johnkersey.org/2021/03/31/lockdown-recordings/

Lockdown recordings include:

Beethoven: Piano sonata in C minor, op. 111
Beethoven: Piano sonata in A flat major, op. 110
Beethoven: Piano sonata in E major, op. 109
Beethoven: Piano sonata in B flat major, op. 106 “Hammerklavier”
Beethoven: Piano sonata in E minor, op. 90
Beethoven: Piano sonata in C major, op. 53 “Waldstein” (original version)
Beethoven: Piano sonata in D minor, op. 31 no 2 “Tempest”

Brahms: Seven Fantasias, op. 116
Brahms, transc. Klengel: Sonata in A major, op. 100 “Meistersinger” (first recording of this transcription).

Fauré: Nocturne no. 4; Barcarolles nos. 1,7,9,10

Schubert: Piano sonata in B flat major, D960
Schubert: Piano sonata in A major, D959
Schubert: Piano sonata in C minor, D958
Schubert: Three Piano Pieces, D946