Juho Pohjonen, Piano
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|Mozart:||Fantasy and Sonata in C Minor, K. 475/457|
|Scriabin:||Piano Sonata No. 2 in G-sharp Minor, Op. 19 (“Sonata Fantasy”)|
|Beethoven:||Piano Sonata No. 13 in E-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 1|
|Liszt:||Après une lecture du Dante, S. 161, No. 7|
Fantasies and sonatas are two completely different compositional forms, but that didn’t stop history’s most prolific composers from combining the two. “Impressive and fearless” (San Jose Mercury News) pianist Juho Pohjonen first tackles Mozart’s account, in which chromatic fantasy acts as prelude to dramatic sonata. Beethoven subtitled his Sonata No. 13 a “sonata in the manner of a fantasy,” while Liszt described Après une lecture du Dante as exactly the reverse. Scriabin’s “Sonata Fantasy” takes Classical “storm and stress” literally with programmatic images of a growing sea squall.