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Hello, I have been asked to play Elgar sonata next year in a special concert. (there's an Elgar year in 2007).

What would go well with this, bearing in mind the period and maybe linking up sonatas by other composers around the same time.

What would you put with it?

First half will incl Mozart sonata, last pieces (encores) will be Elgar.

T_D

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I'd be inclined to think that's enough of the Elgar sound and go with a completely different type of piece. I'm assuming you have a good pianist and will have plenty of time to spend with him/her? Some possibilities: Stravinsky Suite Italienne, Shnittke Suite in Olden Style,

Turina Sonata Espanola, Milhaud Sonata #2. All of those are a little lighter, a bit later chronologically, and quite accessible to the audience. And would, I think give you a balanced program. If you wanted to stay British, there are miniatures by Walton, Rebecca Clarke, and Frank Bridge.

Just my 2 cents worth.

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"Stravinsky Suite Italienne, Shnittke Suite in Olden Style" good ideas...hadn't thought about this direction.

Turina...like a lot. Maybe I'll get a few dates on things and piece together a chronological/national thread.

I remember Walton concerto....tough piece, but other things by him may be easier.

T_D

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How about one of the Prokofiev or Faure sonatas?  (I prefer

all of them to the Elgar)

What about the Janacek Sonata?

How about Ruralia Hungarica by Dohnanyi?

More ideas:

One of the Bartok or Shostakovich Sonatas

Szymanowski Sonata

...I prefer the Stravinsky Divertimento to the Suite Italianne

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Hi David,

I always liked Josef Hassid's rendition of Elgar's La Capricieuse.

not sure how it's spelled.

He had such a gritty up bow staccato, and sweet full tone. Plus

it's a cool tune.

Otherwise, you have a good repetoire planned above.

Cheers.

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Josef Hassid (1923 - 1950), something of a legend. Interestingly, the (concert) Pianist who first guided me through Elgar sonata always talked of him, maybe something to do with his interpretation I guess.

He lived and recorded in London? No doubt a fine Elgar player.

T_D

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