i. Allegro moderato -- opening
Arthur Rubinstein, piano; Jascha Heifetz, violn; Emanuel Feuermann, cello. RCA-BMG, recorded in Holllywood, Sept. 12-13, 1941
Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano; Itzhak Perlman, violin; Lynn Harrell, cello. EMI, recorded in New York, c1979
UPDATE: If you looked at this post before 10pm ET/7pm PT, you saw only the Ashkenazy-Perlman-Harrell clip, and in fact originally the whole first movement. When I went back to edit it to include just the opening, I was disheartened by how namby-pamby the performance is. (I actually thought the EMI CDs contained a different one, and then I figured how far wrong could we go with this one? I learned.) Most of my CD versions are on a hard-to-get-at shelf, so as an add-on I chose a much grander performance that happened also to be more readily at hand.
This piece suddenly popped into my head this afternoon, and I couldn't have been happier that it did. So we're going to hear it tomorrow. Meanwhile it set me to thinking about other works in the same key, with the realization (I'm sure not for the first time, but then, who remembers?) that it's hard to find others of the same character.
SOME OTHER WORKS IN THE SAME KEY
The first of our first movements really has nothing in common with it, does it? The second is the most monumental of Beethoven's piano sonatas, but it still isn't really that similar, is it? The nearest match is the last, I think.
BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No. 6, Op. 18, No. 6:
i. Allegro con brio
Borodin Quartet (Ruben Aharonian and Andrei Abramenkov, violins; Igor Naidin, viola; Valentin Berlinsky, cello). Chandos, recorded in Moscow, October 2003
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 29, Op. 106 (Hammerklavier):
Emil Gilels, piano. DG, recorded in Berlin, October 1982
BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 83:
i. Allegro non troppo
Leon Fleisher, piano; Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell cond. Epic-CBS-Sony, recorded Oct. 19-20, 1962
IN TOMORROW'S SUNDAY CLASSICS POST
Like I said, we'll hear the piece that popped into my head.