Carl Vine’s Piano Sonatas are a crucial contribution to the piano repertoire. Each one carries the essence of pianistic traditions through Vine’s own stylistic voice. The latest in the series, his Piano Sonata No.4 is comprised of three seamless movements of high character.
Aphorisms opens the sonata with strings of fast lines and arpeggios articulating a set of materials that don’t seem to interact as much as coexist. This leads straight into the pensive second movement, Reflection, and finally Fury which closes the sonata with relentless and violent energy.
The premiere was given in November 2019 at Carnegie Hall by the pianist who commissioned the sonata, Lindsay Garritson, and has subsequently been recorded by her.