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Pi-Hsien Chen: Arnold Schonberg - Works for Piano

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The very first striking aspect of Arnold Schönberg's Works for Piano, is that few of these piano pieces are longer than a few minutes; some of them, the fragments, are not even that long. However, their impact goes far beyond bringing absolute delight to the ear; these are works of a highly evolved artist, whose significance as perhaps the central composer of the twentieth century cannot be understated. The oeuvre represented on this album comprises his entire piano repertoire--all of six pieces. These definitive works give truth to the suggestion that there is no typical Schönberg. Approachable, but not “easy" ...



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