CLASSICAL PIANISTS

INTERPRETATION

PIANO CONCERTO

MASTERCLASS

CONTACT US

ABOUT US


WOMEN PIANISTS

THE LEFT HAND

FOUR HANDS

ACCOMPANISTS

IS IT MUSIC

INDULGE ME

HOME PAGE


COMPOSERS PLAY

CLASSICAL COMPOSERS

CHAMBER MUSIC

GUEST PAGES

LINKS

PRIVACY




MARIA YUDINA PLAYS MOZART, HAYDN and SCHUBERT



Maria Yudina plays Mozart with profundity and spirituality. To those of us familiar with her interpretations of later composers, a wonderful surprise awaits. There is a dark side to Mozart, profound, spiritual, almost pagan. If you are familiar with the Masonic Funeral Music you know it. This is music that plumbs the depths of feeling, neither sorrow, nor tragedy, not any particular feeling, rather more the essence of the human condition.

We have several examples to consider. You will hear it in its purest form in Mari Yudina's performance of a transcription by Dmitri Saltykov of the "Lacrimosa" from Mozart's Requiem.

The manner in which Maria Yudina plays Mozart's D minor Fantasia attains a purity in its devotion to the score all the more dramatic for its lack of sentiment. The Rondo receives an understated performance, very different than is usual, that demonstrates how much is in the music and how little it needs of externally imposed emotion. Yudina is one of those rare musicians who understands the fine line between creating an environment in which the music will thrive and obscuring the music with extraneous interpretative effects.

Of the concerti for piano, the D minor, comes closest to the dark Mozart. It is often played with excess of expression, too loudly and strongly, resulting in the artist's own feelings masking the music. Maria Yudina plays Mozart's concerto with a minimum of herself between Mozart and the listener. Her performance receives a most beautiful accompaniment from a conductor and orchestra regrettably unidentified.

The final work by Mozart offered here is the Piano Concerto in A Major, K 488. When Stalin died in his bed on March 5, 1953, a recording of Maria Yudina playing this very concerto was spinning on his record player. While the entirety of the concerto may not be of the dark side, the adagio certainly is, it is bittersweet, and perhaps symbolic of the Yudina's life under the yolk of the Soviet system.

This page also contains music by Haydn and Schubert, whose great Bb major sonata is an odyssey of epic proportions at Yudins'a hands.



Mozart  Fantasia in D minor, K397




Mozart  Fantasia in C minor, K 475

recorded in 1951




Mozart  Rondo in A minor, K 511




Mozart  "Duport" Variations in D major, K 537

recorded in 1948




Mozart  Adagio in B minor, K 540

recorded in 1963




Mozart-Saltykov  "Lacrimosa" from the Requiem Mass in D minor, K 626

recorded live in 1954




Mozart  Piano Sonata 8 in A minor, K 310

recorded live in 1951


i Allegro maestoso



ii Andante cantabile con espressione



iii Presto




Mozart  Piano Sonata 11 in A major, K 331
i Andante grazioso - ii Menuetto (10:28) - iii Alla turca. Allegretto (15:28)

recorded in 1951




Mozart  Piano Sonata 14 in C minor, K 457
i Allegro - ii Adagio (06:28) - iii Molto allegro (12:12)

recorded live in 1951




Mozart  Piano Concerto 20 in D minor, K 466
Sergei Gorchakov conducting the Moscow Radio orchestra

recorded in 1948


ia Allegro



ib Allegro



iia Romanze



iib Romanze



iii Allegro assai




Mozart  Piano Concerto 23 in A major, K 488
i Allegro - ii Adagio - iii Allegro assai
Alexander Gauk conducting the USSR Radio Symphony Orchestra

recorded in 1948 (or 1943)




Haydn  Piano Sonata in E major, Hob. XVI:52 (L 62)


i Allegro



ii Adagio



iii Finale: Presto




Schubert  Four Impromptus, D 899 (OP 90)
1 in C minor Allegro moderato - 2 in E major Allegro (7:39)
3 in G major Andante (12:06) - 4 in A major Allegro (18:01)




Schubert  from Four Impromptus, D 935 (OP 142)


2 in E major



3 in B major




Sviatoslav Richter said of the following performance, "...but Schubert's B major Sonata, while arresting as an interpretation, was the exact opposite of what it should have been." I have read through this sonata and Maria Yudina does things with it that are not in, or are actually contra-indicated in the score. But they are awfully interesting things. Terrible, but great.



Schubert  Piano Sonata in B major, D960
i Molto moderato - ii Andante sostenuto
iii
Scherzo: Allegro vivace con delicatezza. Trio - iv Allegro ma non troppo. Presto










For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background

Murder in the House of the Muse

which is also available as an audiobook.



And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:

Murder Follows the Muse



Follow these links to our main subject categories

Or return to the Maria Yudina page



[?]Subscribe To This Site
  • XML RSS
  • follow us in feedly
  • Add to My Yahoo!
  • Add to My MSN
  • Subscribe with Bloglines