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Both recordings cover music he has created between 1991 and 1999, and it is interesting to contrast the opening of that Op 50 sonata [listen -- FJB CD 0001 track 1, 0:02-0:57] with one of the suite of piano pieces called Seasons of Life which is opus 2 [listen -- FJB CD 0001 track 22, 0:01-1:00]. I doubt that much has changed over those eight years.

Berg is essentially a miniaturist, making pieces that are like attractive sketches waiting to be turned into something. On this first disc, for instance, there are two other piano suites, People of Blue Dimension with eight very short movements, and Cookery book of Kornåld from which this is the complete third movement -- about Popcorn [listen -- FJB CD 0001 track 16, 0:01-0:47]. There is also a Flute Sonata (Op 40) and two much earlier pleasant suites for flute and piano.

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Copyright © 30 May 2004 Patric Standford, Wakefield UK


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