To B or not to B…, the Shirakawa Hall adventure.
This concert was intially planned to be recorded live by COSMO VILLAGE in Shirakawa Hall, Nagoya, on an Imperial Bosendorfer (the one with an extra bass octave) as part of a mini Viennese festival. My Japanese manager was keen to book this engagement if I agreed to play Bosendorfer and could come up with a Viennese composer who wasn’t Haydn, Mozart or Schubert… three other pianists also appearing (two of whom were major drawcards) had already selected those three composers. Since it was being recorded live, the adventure called for works solidly anchored in my repertoire. So I chose Berg. Then came the problem, since Berg only wrote one piece for solo piano, of what else to put on the CD. With some quick hat-work, I managed to convince the management to take Sonata no 3, op 5 of Brahms (born in Hamburg) and the Outdoors Suite of Bartok (born in Nagyszentmiklos), so that (with the Berg Sonata) record shops could put it under B. The Scriabin, an encore, was a total wild call, even though he does have a B in there.