[f_minor] Re : Dukas

Jean-Christophe Ponsero ponserj2 at yahoo.fr
Mon Jul 19 14:46:10 EDT 2010

Dear Fred, 

I discovered the Dukas sonata in the international piano festival in La Roque 
d'Anthéron (outdoor performances in the south of France), played by Marc-André 
Hammelin, a Canadian pianst who loves exploring untrodden paths from Sorabji to 
Godowsky or Kapustine. I was really seduced by it but I would not play it as it 
exceeds my technical skills by far. I notably love the 3rd toccata-like 
movement. Apart from Hammelin, another good recording exists by François-René 
Duchâble, available on Youtube.

I believe it is a very interesting work, rich of many ideas and 
well-structured, even though it sounds very "chromatic" as you say. After all, 
it was composed in 1901 so nothing suprising about it! The structure reminds me 
of Beethoven but the harmony rather of Franck and Wagner.

 I said I'd be glad to hear a Gould performance of it because it would be one of 
these rather obscure works he could have defended with panache like the Bizet or 
the Strauss pieces.

De : "Houpt, Fred" <fred.houpt at rbc.com>
À : Discussion of the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould. <f_minor at glenngould.org>
Envoyé le : Lun 19 juillet 2010, 17h 43min 18s
Objet : [f_minor] Dukas

Someone mentioned Paul Dukas's music last week. So, I downloaded some piano solo 
works and frankly, they are the most hideously chromatic and unattractive pieces 
I've run into in a long time. I also downloaded a piano reduction of the famous 
Sorcerer's Apprentice, which is quite delightful.
Anyone tried to play any of the Dukas sonatas and such?  

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