Alban Berg: Piano Sonata, Op.1
Claude Debussy: Masques for piano
Arnold Schoenberg: 6 Little pieces for piano, Op.19
Leos Janácek: Sonata I.X.1905 (From the Street)
Arnold Schoenberg: 3 Pieces for piano, Op.11
Karim Said, the young Jordanian-born pianist and protégé of Daniel Barenboim, performs a trilogy of recitals tracing the progress of piano music through the 20th century.
The first brings together four composers who, at the start of the 20th century, were poised on the cusp between the old world and the new. Each responded to this period of significant social and artistic change by creating a unique personal language.
Berg's Op.1 Piano Sonata harks back towards Wagner in a richly chromatic, tormented masterpiece. Debussy's Masques distils the French genius's quirky, inventive and impressionistic style. Janácek's Sonata of 1905 is an intensely-felt response to the killing of a student during a political demonstration. And in two sets of Schoenberg's early piano pieces, a miniature form worthy of Schubert or Schumann meets the syntax of a new century that today still sounds startlingly inventive.
Karim Said piano
Sara Mohr-Pietsch presenter