Jonathan Powell (piano): Sorabji's Opus Clavicembalisticum
Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji - Opus Clavicembalisticum
Opus Clavicembalisticum is perhaps Sorabji’s best known work, even if more talked about than played until the 1980s. Its twelve movements in three parts occupy at least 4¼ hours in performance. Replete with coruscating counterpoint, vehement virtuosity and irrepressible invention, “OC” throws down some of the most hair-raising challenges in the entire piano repertoire. It is without question a milestone in the history of the piano. There was a pre-concert talk at 2:30pm by the curator of the Sorabji Archive, Alistair Hinton, before the concert began at 3:30pm.
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