Schnabel's only Piano Sonata (1923), a visionary work for the virtuoso pianist, is available for the first time, magnificently engraved by George McGuire. The ink score source for the edition is available for research on the Schnabel Music Foundation website.
Recordings: Benedikt Koehlen, Auvidis Motaigne MO 782053; Geoffrey Tozer, Chandos 9673
Here, for the first time, is a cello and piano arrangement of Elliott Carter’s popular Elegy, long available for viola and piano, string quartet, and string orchestra. Carter arranged it as a birthday tribute to cellist Fred Sherry, who premiered it with pianist Charles Rosen in Italy this January. But the arrangement can be considered a gift to us all from the 99 year old composer.
John Musto: SEXTET for clarinet, string quartet and piano
Commissioned by The Miller Theatre at Columbia University, the Sextet was written for David Krakauer, who gave the premiere with Alan Feinberg, piano, and the Flux Quartet, at the Miller Theatre on February 24, 2001. It has been recorded by Music from Copland House on “Chamber Music of John Musto,” Koch International Classics CD 7690.
An extended one-movement piano solo from Mexico’s great early 20th century composer. The work bears some resemblance to a Chopin Ballade, but colored by Ponce’s native land. From the opening Andante placido, Ponce develops his contrasting themes over the course of the work, building to a fiery conclusion.
Balada mexicana also exists in a longer version for piano and orchestra.