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What's your feeling about Rzewski's "Appassionata"? :-)
Thanks, had not realized he "played " it.
Rzewski’s 41-minute “Appassionata” , with cadenzas :
Per the YT poster :
“Excerpts from an article on Rzewski: "No question, Mr. Rzewski likes to keep listeners guessing. When he plays other people's music, he can raise hackles by improvising cadenzas in the middle of such untouchable masterworks as Beethoven's "Hammerklavier" and "Appassionata" Sonatas. "I do it because I think it's authentic," he said. "It's what I think Beethoven would have done. A few years ago, after a concert at Bard College, a musicologist came up to me and told me very sternly that you could do that at parties but not at a concert. Usually people don't hire you at all if they think you're going to go in for such shenanigans. "And maybe they're right. My Japanese friend Yuji Takahashi, the pianist and composer, says: 'It's redundant. All the irrational stuff is already there, in Beethoven's writing.' I do whatever I think is right at the moment. One thing is for sure: You shouldn't prepare it. Improvisations have to pop into your head then and there, or there's no reason for them.""
I did listen. More " Marcia funebre doloroso" than " Appassionata."
Rzewski's 66-minute "Hammerklavier " is also at YT. I'll let someone else here listen, report.