Granados • Mozart • Brahms
Music for piano
W.A. Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 11 in A Major, K. 331
I. Andante grazioso [13:20]
II. Menuetto - Trio - Menuetto [06:43]
III. Alla turca - Allegretto [03:47]
J. Brahms: Piano Sonata No. 2 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 2
I. Allegretto non troppo ma energico [06:02]
II. Andante con espressione [05:25]
III. Scherzo: Allegro [04:18]
IV. Finale: Introduzione (Sostenuto) - Allegro non troppo e rubato [13:05]
E. Granados: Goyescas, El Amor y la Muerte (Balada) [14:15]
A. Volodos: Turkish March [03:38]
Hedone Records presents a debut CD of a young pianist Stefan Ćirić, based in Belgrade, laureate of International competitions. Stefan went to the Purcell School and in 2008 graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London and completed his MA course in 2010 working with Sulamita Aronovsky.
The Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K. 331 / 300i, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is a piano sonata in three movements. Mozart likely composed the sonata while in Vienna or Salzburg by around 1783, although Paris and dates as far back as 1778 have also been suggested.
The sonata was published by Artaria in 1784, alongside Nos. 10 and 12 (K. 330 and K. 332).
The Piano Sonata No. 2 in F♯ minor, Op. 2 of Johannes Brahms was written in Hamburg, Germany in 1852, and published the year after. Despite being his second published work, it was actually composed before his Piano Sonata No. 1 in C major, but was published later because Brahms recognized the importance of an inaugural publication and felt that the C major sonata was of higher quality. It was sent along with his first sonata to Breitkopf und Härtel with a letter of recommendation from Robert Schumann. Schumann had already praised Brahms enthusiastically, and the sonata shows signs of an effort to impress, with its technical demands and highly dramatic nature. It was dedicated to Clara Schumann.
Goyescas, Op. 11, subtitled Los majos enamorados (The Gallants in Love), is a piano suite written in 1911 by Spanish composer Enrique Granados. This piano suite is usually considered Granados's crowning creation and was inspired by the paintings of Francisco Goya, although the piano pieces have not been authoritatively associated with any particular paintings. The suite forms part of the standard Romantic piano repertoire.