- Sonata for piano, 4 hands in C major (Adagio - Allegro frettoloso)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Donizetti: Sonatas and Waltzes based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Having never listened to a Donizetti opera other than the occasional snippet heard in a cartoon or commercial, this reissue disc by Newton Classics is a bit of an idiosyncratic introduction to his music, but as Donizetti wrote reams and reams of instrumental music in addition to his famous operas, his sonatas and waltzes for piano should be as good of an introduction to his music as any. As the liner notes indicate, Donizetti was writing for the ever-growing market of bourgeois piano music consumers and thus many of the works on this disc are light and accessible both in sound and technique. The works are thoughtfully composed and are musically compelling, though one could argue that they are more fun to play than to listen to. That said there are numerous works that are musically substantive. A work I've found myself playing over and over again is the mercurially chromatic Waltz No. 3 in A, which toys with dissonance and repetition in a fashion that recalls Satie or more contemporary music. Thanks again to Newton Classics for reissuing interesting out-of-print records. Perhaps this disc will spur a recording on a fortepaino from the time of Donizetti, which I would love to hear.