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    Default Favorite Piano Sonatas, aside from Beethoven

    Not including those of Ludwig van Beethoven (who would probably overwhelm all others), what are a few of your favorite piano sonatas?

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    Way too many! To name a few:

    Chopin's No. 2 & 3
    Brahms No. 3
    Prokofiev's 'War Sonatas' - No. 6, 7, 8
    Schubert's No. 21
    Sibelius' Sonatina Op. 67
    Liszt's Sonata in B minor
    Grieg's Sonata Op. 7
    Scrianbin's No. 3
    Some of Mozart's and Haydn's, of course.

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    With some horror and embarrassment I find I have not paid attention to any piano sonatas other than Beethoven's.

    I have a few in my collection - Clementi, Prokofiev, one by Haydn, a few by Mozart.

    But the Brahms Piano sonata No. 3 in Fm is the only one that sticks in my head. But then Brahms often seems a bit Beethovenian. I guess I'm stuck in a rut.

    [Edit: I love the genre, so I'm puzzled by this lapse]

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    Weston, I too am lacking in sonatas other than Beethoven's and a handful of Mozart's, which is part of the reason for this thread... I'm looking for suggestions, rather than randomly sampling.

    But I do really love Mozart's Piano Sonata no. 8, especially the development in the 1st movement. I am not as blessed as others in my ability to express musical ideas in words, so I'll just include this:

    Georges Cziffra - Mozart Piano Sonata no. 8, 1st movement on YouTube

    Enjoy.

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    I have a recording of Rachmaninoff's Second Sonata in B-flat minor, in a recording by Horowitz that I love.

    Also, a piano sonata that I've only ever heard once--Schubert's late B-flat--is also one of my very favorites.
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    Oh yes, I forgot to mention Rachmaninov's two sonatas which I like so very much. Also, some of Scarlatti's. Well, did Scarlatti write anything else apart from 555 keyboard sonatas? Here is a video clip of Martha Argerich playing K.141:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcsRl_LIJHA

    Now something different - Evgeny Kissin's Chopin Sonata No.2, the Funeral March:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vyznh1rCNEg

    And something more different - Prokofiev's No.6, played by the wunderkind Kissin at his recital in Janpan 1987:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HAV8-CxhoE

    My favourite sonatas come from all eras. I love them for their own beauty.
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    Well, fresh in my mind from Thursday evening's concert is Elliott Carter's Piano Sonata of 1945/6. This was performed superbly by the pianist Noël Lee here in Paris for a Birthday Gala Concert. The Piano Sonata is an earlier-style work in Carter's output, and I very much enjoyed listening to it, so recommend it to anyone not familiar with it.

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    For me;
    Mozart 11 (That is because i am Turkish )
    Brahms 3
    Rachmaninov 2
    Prokofiev 8

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    Quote Originally Posted by Isola View Post
    Also, some of Scarlatti's. Well, did Scarlatti write anything else apart from 555 keyboard sonatas? Here is a video clip of Martha Argerich playing K.141:
    I considered the Scarlatti sonatas, but I feel they are merely called that. They are more like movements from a baroque suite than what we think of as a piano sonata. By the same reasoning, I don't think of William Boyce's symphonies as symphonies. if that makes sense.

    I do love them very much, though - the Scarlatti's and the Boyce symphonies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Isola View Post
    Here is a video clip of Martha Argerich playing K.141:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcsRl_LIJHA

    Now something different - Evgeny Kissin's Chopin Sonata No.2, the Funeral March:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vyznh1rCNEg

    And something more different - Prokofiev's No.6, played by the wunderkind Kissin at his recital in Janpan 1987:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HAV8-CxhoE
    I was going to pick the exact same three! Prokofiev's 7th is one of a kind as well.

    May I add, Clara Wieck Schumann's sonata in g minor, Argerich again: P:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=147-ttSq4tg

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    and does Ravel's Sonatine count?

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    Quote Originally Posted by airad2 View Post

    May I add, Clara Wieck Schumann's sonata in g minor, Argerich again: P:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=147-ttSq4tg
    Robert Schumann.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhar26 View Post
    Robert Schumann.
    Wups. Didn't see that on the comments page. It's kind of confusing, though. Apparently, both of them wrote sonata in g minors. I just listened to Clara's, too. More um, feminine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by airad2 View Post
    Wups. Didn't see that on the comments page. It's kind of confusing, though. Apparently, both of them wrote sonata in g minors. I just listened to Clara's, too. More um, feminine.
    Clara composed a quite good piano concerto in A minor also, same key as Robert's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Isola View Post
    Oh yes, I forgot to mention Rachmaninov's two sonatas which I like so very much. Also, some of Scarlatti's. Well, did Scarlatti write anything else apart from 555 keyboard sonatas? Here is a video clip of Martha Argerich playing K.141:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcsRl_LIJHA
    ....

    wow, that girl can play some serious piano!

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