Barraqué, Stockhausen Recital London 1988

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This was inspired programming for a late evening of musical contemplation, and indeed inspired playing.  ....

The sonata, all 50 minutes of it, has a monumental place in modern piano literatjure, held more by reputation than direct experience because it has few exponents.  Woodward is outstanding among them, and his performance, uncompromisingly grand in the turbulent density of detail that fills the first half of the piece, was nothing less than awesome….