Many of us pick up on new repertoire here, but the old standard way of picking up on new repertoire at recitals is still a good one, and since we don't have a thread for recitals we attend, I figured I'd start one. Every time you go hear a pianist or chamber group, post the program here, critique the performance of those pieces you were already familiar with, and make comments on the pieces that were new to you.
I went to see one of our piano faculty, Dr. Elizabeth Moak, play last night. Here's the program:
Bach, English Suite #5
Beethoven, Sonata Op. 109
Chopin, Mazurka Op. 56 No. 2
Chopin, Ballade #2 Op. 38
Nazareth, Odeon: Tango Brasileiro
Ginastera, Malambo Op. 7
The only pieces I'm really familiar with are the Chopin ones, of course.
I think the high point of this program for me was the Bach, especially the Gigue, which I think was even more exciting than the gigue I'm working on from Partita #6. She played it fabulously, and damn near note perfect, as far as I could tell. She also used pedal throughout (though rarely a romantic wash of pedal), and some (IMO) tasteful rubato as well in some places (I think especially the Allemande and the Sarabande). But wow, that Gigue was awesome.
I'm not a big Beethoven fan....he has nice moments in his music, but the traditional classical style just bores me. Beethoven is my favorite classical period composer simply because he broke away from that style in many ways, but the (large) bits that remain still bore me. I really did enjoy the finale of the 3rd movement, though....there were only a few kinks in the performance of the whole sonata (I'm not familiar with it, but I noticed a few small kinks), but the finale was performed very, very well. I have a feeling that finale is the main reason why pianists want to learn this sonata.
The Chopin mazurka was pretty much perfect, very musically played. The Ballade gave her some problems, though...I could tell even in the beginning, in the lyrical section, that she was very much intimidated by playing it on stage (which is quite understandable - this ballade is no joke, despite its deceptive beginning and ending). Other than the trouble that the piece gave her, I think she played it quite nicely and musically overall.
The Nazareth was nice, but short, and the Ginastera was a bit longer and definitely more dramatic. I was sitting behind a guitar player, and I saw him perk up with the opening, which is the open string series of the 6 string guitar(E-A-D-G-B-E), at least by interval (I don't have perfect pitch). I'm usually not very fond of atonal stuff, but this piece was very exciting, and played very well.
She did an encore by another Brazilian composer, Villa-Lobos, though I don't remember the name of the piece. It was just a short and sweet one, though - flashy encores seem to be uncommon at my school (perhaps because the flashy pieces are all put on the program