2016-04-22 14:09:36 UTC
For those still confused but acquainted with the work of Charles Rosen, it may be worth noting that, asked in a radio interview which of the complete sets of the sonatas he preferred, he put Solomon at the top. Solomon only recorded 18 of the 32, in fact, before a stroke ended his career, but clearly Rosen was intent on this and made his point anyway. As I recall, he put Serkin second, and that was remarkably consistent in a sense, for Serkin and Solomon were great friends, something of a mutual admiration society, and in certain works you can hear kinship in their approach, perhaps particularly the Waldstein and Appassionata. Solomon's final six are great stuff, but his Les Adieux is truly the stuff of legend, just a notch above the two 'name' sonatas mentioned above, the Moonlight, op. 2, no. 1, and a few others more arguably. You may well still want a complete set (not wise, in my view), but I really think those who get Solomon's 18 will bless the day they did.