The Glorious Decade

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The years between 1900 and 1910 are known as one of the richest periods of piano composition. This decade saw the height of piano production and composers who were in their prime during these years embraced the instrument. At the start of the 20th century, the sound of the piano could hardly be matched.

On the first episode of The Glorious Decade on Reflections From the Keyboard, Piotr Anderszewski plays some of Bela Bartok’s Bagatelles Op. 6, Manuel De Falla’s Cubana is heard in a performance by Mirian Conti, and Constance Keene performs a movement from the American-born Edward Macdowell’s Sonata No 4 in E minor. 

Program playlist:

Nikolai Medtner: Fairy Tale Op 20 No 1
Denis Burstein, piano
Miami International Piano Festival Discovery

Charles T. Griffes: Three Tone-Pictures, Op. 5: I The Lake at Evening
Joseph Smith, piano
Musical Heritage Society

Karol Szymanowski: Etude Op 4 No 3
Jerzy Godziszewski, piano
Polskie Radio

Bela Bartok: Bagatelle Op 6 1 & 2
Piotr Anderszewski, piano
Miami International Piano Festival Discovery

Manuel DeFalla: Piezas Espanolas: Cubana
Mirian Conti, piano

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No 2 Op 18, I
Horacio Gutierrez, piano

Edward MacDowell: Sonata No 4 E minor Very Swift & Fierce
Constance Keene, piano
Kasp Records

Enrique Granados: The Maiden & The Nightingale
Myra Hess, piano

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Prelude in B flat Op 23 No 2
Sviatoslav Richter, piano
Deutsche Grammophon