TCHAIKOVSKY: PIANO SONATA IN G; RO­MANZE; AVEU PAS­SIONNÉ; SCHARWENKA: SONATA NO 2; IM FREIEN (EXC) Joseph Moog (piano)

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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - MICHAEL DER­VAN

Tchaikovsky’s sole ma­ture piano sonata is as over the top as ro­man­tic sonatas come. The first move­ment is a noise fest of vol­u­bil­ity and ex­citabil­ity, and it’s only in the slow move­ment that the mood of fevered ob­ses­sive­ness lifts even par­tially. Ger­man pi­anist Joseph Moog here pairs it with an­other sonata from the 1870s, by Xaver Scharwenka, full-blooded but not as ex­ces­sively ar­dent as the Tchaikovsky. Moog has the tech­nique to cap­ture the grandeur the two com­posers had in mind, though he doesn’t quite man­age the sweep that, say, Svi­atoslav Richter achieved in the Tchaikovsky, or the pi­o­neer­ing Seta Tanyel, in her Scharwenka re­vival in the 1990s. The shorter pieces are nicely done. url.ie/dzi7

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