Home » Classical Downloads » Hi-Res Downloads » 24bit/96kHz » Ahonen: Ives – Piano Sonata no.1, Gander – Peter Parker (24/96 FLAC)

Ahonen: Ives – Piano Sonata no.1, Gander – Peter Parker (24/96 FLAC)

Ahonen: Ives - Piano Sonata no.1, Gander - Peter Parker (24/96 FLAC)

Ahonen: Ives – Piano Sonata no.1, Gander – Peter Parker (24/96 FLAC)

Composer: Bernhard Gander, Charles Ives
Performer: Joonas Ahonen
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: BIS
Release: 2021
Size: 923 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Ives: Piano Sonata No. 1
01. I. Adagio con moto
02. IIa. Allegro moderato – Andante
03. IIb. In the Inn
04. III. Largo
05. IVa.
06. IVb. Allegro
07. V. Andante maestoso

08. Gander: Peter Parker (2005)
09. Ives: Three-page Sonata

Of the two large piano sonatas composed by Charles Ives, No. 2 (’the Concord Sonata’) is by far the bestknown, overshadowing its sibling. The First Piano Sonata is comparably ambitious, however, and with a playing time of more than 40 minutes, similarly expansive. Like many works by Ives it had a long gestation period, beginning in 1901 with additions and revisions being made well into the 1920s. In contrast to the Concord, Ives didn’t provide the work with an explicit programme, but wrote that it was ‘mostly about the outdoor life in Connecticut villages in the 1880s and 90s.’ This can to an extent explain the various borrowings from hymns, but New York City, where Ives was living, has also left a clear mark with a liberal use of ragtime rhythms. Ives composed a third ‘sonata’ for the piano, the socalled Three-Page Sonata, cast in three brief but challenging movements. The two works are both included on this recording by Joonas Ahonen, who released the Concord Sonata in 2017 to critical acclaim, with the French magazine Classica praising ‘his youthful impetuosity and technical prowess’. Ives’ sonatas frame the third work on the disc, the Austrian composer Bernhard Gander’s Peter Parker from 2004. It is the alter ego of the superhero Spider-Man that has lent his name to Gander’s highly virtuosic and original piano piece which presents a panorama of the superhero’s patterns of movement, transformed into music.

Leave a Reply