Kostas Papazafeiropoulos :: Sonata F Major, op. 118 (2016)
15:03 Menuet & trio
18:28 Allegretto (theme & variations)
Note upfront... if you only have time for one part... and are a bit sceptical on new works in earlier styles... chose the adagio and stop thinking and comparing...!
A (maybe not so much) philosophical stand point:
I have stressed it before: we today, in general, are not used to new compositions in earlier styles, like the one you might be listening to at this moment. It appears to be a habit we lost in the last century or maybe even never had. I can tell, because I myself did not pay much attention, if any, to works like that. New 'classical' music is really not my cup of tea, since I tend to become an instant music-idiot from the moment where a strong tonica-dominant relationship is left behind. Or sound on itself is centralised. For whatever strange reason that might be.
Anyway, this is the fourth work of Kostas that I'm privileged to record over a period of one year now. So I had the time to ask opinions of friends of all kind of interest and profession. The best friends of course, had to guess what it was they were listening to. I take 3 examples: one is artistic and managing director of a cultural centre with a lot of classical music programmed. The other is a real classic music fan, and my third friend is a civil engineer logistics and computer science (and opera lover).
I took the Sonata in G Major (not this sonata since this obviously is very recent)
Being unknown of the date and name of the composer,
-the first one thought it was music by Müthel.
-the second one hesitated, thought on influences from Haydn
-the engineer thought on a composer that was influenced by Beethoven, but slightly later.
The third one of course had nothing to 'loose'. The first two were very prudent. The music sounded so convincing and yet they were a bit confused not to know the piece, nor the composer.
But all three really applauded the composition.
Then I came up with the name of Kostas and date of composition.
-no real interest with my first friend any more (no more than 'interesting')
-A diminution of the composition by my second friend, saying that 'I really knew so well how to play that kind of music that made it sound so well'. So, it was all thanks to me.
-The engineer didn't care. He thought it was fantastic music.
This... is so strange.
I am curious what this sonata will accomplish. Again, if only you have time to listen to one part, choose the adagio. It is one of the most suggestive adagios I know. Yes, composers like Kostas have to compete against Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, ... but don't compare everything to Mozart's highlights ! That kills all initiatives!
Even stop finding names to compare with. That at least is what I had to do when diving into the music of Kostas one year ago. It has its own spot, and it needs to have its own spot, within the framework of the aesthetics of that time. It is the combination of technical mastering, understanding the style AND personality that can make works like this survive. And Kostas has all three.
He deserves, in my mind, a place at the top of today's composers, and honestly, I really don't understand why talents like this is facing so much troubles in standing out.
I really hope you enjoy the recording and his music. And you'll do him a BIG favour by letting him know your reaction in the comment boxes below!