A comparison of the parallel journeys of Beethoven and Scriabin, as explored through the lens of the Piano Sonata. Starting with their first sonatas--Beethoven's f minor from 1795 and Scriabin's f minor from 1892--and moving through middle-period works--Beethoven's F-sharp Major from 1809 and Scriabin's F-Sharp Major from 1903--and finally reaching Beethoven's last sonata, the c minor from 1822, and Scriabin's last, the keyless Op. 70 from 1913--we explored questions of inspiration, transformation, and spiritual transcendence.
Transcriptions of some of Bach's shorter works for the "archguitar," an extra-bassy, lute-timbered instrument created for Peter Blanchette, whose main inspiration was Julian Bream. Bream's playing ended the show.
Tonight's musician guest was pianist and composer Russ Lossing, who is giving a solo piano performance this Saturday, Nov. 3, at 8 pm down at Greenwich House Music School with music from his most recent solo disc, "Drum Music."
A program commemorating Hurricane Sandy. Playlist crafted by WKCR intern Bernhard Fasenfest. The following tracks would also have been included if not for the half hour preemption:
Charlie Patton - Devil Sent The Rain Blues
Eddie Kelly's Washboard Band - Blues in the Rain
Mississippi Sheiks - It's Done Got Wet
Barbecue Bob - She's Coming Back Some Cold Rainy Day
Muddy Waters - Cold Weather Blues
Lonnie Johnson - Pouring Down Rain
Lightnin' Hopkins - Hurricane Betsy
Muddy Waters - Blow Wind Blow
Big Joe Turner - Howlin' Winds