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Weisgall, Hugo: Piano Sonata; Hindemith, Paul: Lulus Tonalis / Martin Perry, Piano
Album:Martin Perry, Piano Collection:Classical
Artist:Weisgall, Hugo: Piano Sonata; Hindemith, Paul: Lulus Tonalis Added:08/2017
Label:Bridge Records 

Album Review
Larry Koran
Reviewed 2017-08-12 
Weisgall’s (1912-1997) Sonata for Piano (1982) is post-tonal, with frequent accidentals (notes not in the key signature). His long-lined themes tend to include all 12 scale notes, and out-of-sequence repetitions. The 1st mvmt’s, quickly changing meter creates free rhythms, like speech. Though dissonant, the music is not harsh. The 2nd mvmt begins with a slow, quiet upward climb and contains dynamic extremes and bursts of anxious figuration. The finale is generally propulsive and jumpy, with dotted rhythms and dissonant chords.
Hindemith’s (1895-1963) Ludus Tonalis (Tonal Game) – Studies in Counterpoint, Tonal Organisation & Piano Playing exemplifies his idea that music should demonstrate a sublime working out of musical principles. The piece nods to Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier and The Art of Fugue, and is a response to Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7, which H regarded as a cheap, effects-laden nationalistic work. Between the Praeludium and Postludium (the Praeludium played from end to beginning with the score turned upside down), lie 12 three-part fugues, each followed by an Interludium that connects one fugue’s tonality to the next’s. The studies’ characters vary widely: Fugue 4 robust, 5 jaunty, 8 bright, 9 playful, 11 expressive and formal. Interludium post-Fugue 4 has brisk perpetual motion; post 6 a brusque march, post 9 is “cat-and-mouse,” post 11 is a Chopinesque waltz.

Track Listing
1.Weisgall: Sonata For Piano: I. Allegro Impetuoso 6:34 15.Ludus Tonalis: Xii. Fuga Sexta In E-Flat. Quiet 2:12
2.Sonata For Piano: Ii. Adagio Molto 7:13 16.Ludus Tonalis: Xiii. Interludium. March 1:51
3.Sonata For Piano: Iii. Rondo Quasi Presto 4:12 17.Ludus Tonalis: Xiv. Fuga Septima In A-Flat. Moderate 2:10
4.Hindemith: Ludus Tonalis: I. Praeludium 3:29 18.Ludus Tonalis: Xv. Interludium. Very Broad 2:46
5.Ludus Tonalis: Ii. Fuga Prima In C. Slow 3:03 19.Ludus Tonalis: Xvi. Fuga Octava In D. With Strength 1:00
6.Ludus Tonalis: Iii. Interludium. Moderate, With Energy 1:27 20.Ludus Tonalis: Xvii. Interludium. Very Fast 1:31
7.Ludus Tonalis: Iv. Fuga Secunda In G. Gay 1:50 21.Ludus Tonalis: Xviii. Fuga Nona In B-Flat. Moderate 2:17
8.Ludus Tonalis: V. Interludium. Pastorale, Moderate 1:10 22.Ludus Tonalis: Xix. Interludium. Very Quiet 2:15
9.Ludus Tonalis: Vi. Fuga Tertia In F. Andante 2:20 23.Ludus Tonalis: Xx. Fuga Decima In D-Flat. Moderately Fast 1:57
10.Ludus Tonalis: Vii. Interludium. Scherzando 1:23 24.Ludus Tonalis: Xxi. Interludium. Allegro Pesante 2:01
11.Ludus Tonalis: Viii. Fuga Quarta In A. With Energy 2:45 25.Ludus Tonalis: Xxii. Fuga Undecima In B (Canon): Slow 2:11
12.Ludus Tonalis: Ix. Interludium. Fast 1:16 26.Ludus Tonalis: Xxiii. Interludium. Valse 1:49
13.Ludus Tonalis: X. Fuga Quinta In E. Fast 1:16 27.Ludus Tonalis: Xxiv. Fuga Duodecima In F-Sharp. Very Quiet 2:49
14.Ludus Tonalis: Xi. Interludium. Moderate 1:12 28.Ludus Tonalis. Xxv. Postludium 3:46