PRESSLER, Menahem: Recital at Cite de la musique, 2011

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Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110
Chopin, Fryderyk - Composer
Mazurka No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 7, No. 1
Mazurka No. 7 in F minor, Op. 7, No. 3
Mazurka No. 13 in A minor, Op. 17, No. 4
Nocturne No. 20 in C sharp minor, Op. posth.
Debussy, Claude - Composer
Estampes
Schubert, Franz - Composer
Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D. 960

Venue: Cite de la Musique, Paris
Date of Concert: 23-03-2011
Playing Time: 01:28:15
Television Director: Juban, Pierre-Martin
Catalogue Number: EUROARTS7966
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I have devoted my life to the piano and to music-making. Whether you acquire public fame or not, devoting one's existence to serving art provides a rich life and the healthiest form of fulfillment. I feel music is my religion, the hall is my temple and the composer is my god whose works I preach. It is no exaggeration to say that music saved my life.

Beethoven's Sonata, Op. 110 illustrates idealism in the first movement, hedonism in the second, and regret and pain in the last movement from which two fugues emerge triumphantly, as if saying, "Yes, life is worth living" - and this is what I feel. This is to be considered alongside Schubert's last sonata D. 960, which explores the emotions of a man who knows he has a limited time to live, and in which the slow movement resonates like a funeral march whilst also showing happiness and peace of mind.

- Menahem Pressler

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