2 Songs, 31 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Michael Gordon’s fiendishly tricky minimalist piano work from 2004 explores the entire range of the piano in ascending and descending major and minor thirds. It requires a musician of great stamina and phenomenal accuracy. All of that explains why the piece is rarely played. Step forward Vicky Chow, whose staggering performance is rhythmically tight and utterly riveting in its relentlessness. Sonatra is performed twice—first in equal temperament tuning, then in just intonation, which allows the music to float free from its rigid moorings, transforming it into a dizzying dance of colors.

Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Michael Gordon’s fiendishly tricky minimalist piano work from 2004 explores the entire range of the piano in ascending and descending major and minor thirds. It requires a musician of great stamina and phenomenal accuracy. All of that explains why the piece is rarely played. Step forward Vicky Chow, whose staggering performance is rhythmically tight and utterly riveting in its relentlessness. Sonatra is performed twice—first in equal temperament tuning, then in just intonation, which allows the music to float free from its rigid moorings, transforming it into a dizzying dance of colors.

Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

phill glazz

total insanity. hardest piano pc of all time?

i've never heard a piano piece this crazy before. it sounds like at least 4 hands going on at any given moment. the relentless arpeggios are gorgeous too, with harmonic progressions of stacked intervals and constantly shifting metric feel. i will listen to this again and again and remain amazed.

Murphy_Adams

Wow!!!!

This piece is truly insane, and sounds impossible, but at the same time Vicky Chow makes it seem easy. I’m super impressed and will be listening to this for a long time.

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