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    What's a good place to start w/ Sorabji's piano music? Preferably something under 7 hours please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    What's a good place to start w/ Sorabji's piano music? Preferably something under 7 hours please.
    check out the nocturnes." Gulistan - the rose garden" for example. Great decadent, dreamy and intoxicating music. If you're obssessed with form or melodies though, it could not be for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    What's a good place to start w/ Sorabji's piano music? Preferably something under 7 hours please.
    That might depend on how familiar you are with 20th-century music, but in general, I would suggest the following:

    • Concerto per suonare da me solo: recorded by Jonathan Powell for Altarus
    • 100 Transcendental Studies: the first 83 have been recorded by Fredrik Ullén for BIS on five CDs. All the recordings contain some gems (and a couple lesser pieces), but I would say the 5th volume is the least accessible one.
    • Other Powell recordings: Fantasia ispanica and both the Un nido and Villa Tasca discs are worth checking out.
    • Piano Sonata No. 1: an early piece displaying a strong influence of Scriabin, in a superb performance by Hamelin


    Despite its length, I would recommend not shying away from Sequentia cyclica; it is a set of variations on the Dies irae chant, which gives the work a sense of familiarity, and many of the variations are not that long. If you do decide to make it an entry point into Sorabji, I would highlight disc 4 of the upcoming Powell recording, which contains many of the work's most accessible "character pieces".

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    ^I like to consider myself very familiar with 20th C. music, it’s probably the focal point of my classical music interests. But Sorabji is a composer who has evaded my interest thus far. I am fascinated by the long pieces, but I don’t know if they’d be a good entry point.

    I’ll look into your suggestions, though. Thanks.

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