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Grigory Sokolov, Warsaw 10 December 2017 - Spiritual Transcendence Achieved on Earth

                                                                                                                                                        KUSC Joseph Haydn  - Sonata in B Minor, No. 47, Hob.XVI:32               1774-1776 Joseph Haydn  - Sonata in G Minor, No. 32, Hob.XVI:44              1771-1773 Joseph Haydn  - Sonata in C-sharp Minor, No. 49, Hob.XVI:36    1770-1775 Ludwig van Beethoven  - Sonata in E Minor, Op. 90 Ludwig van Beethoven  - Piano Sonata in C Minor, Op. 111 As I wandered the streets of Warsaw outside the Filharmonia  just before Christmas , flurries of light snow brushed my cheeks. In somewhat of a daze, perhaps of dissolution, I began to reflect on one of the handful of truly remarkable musical experiences of my life, the piano recital this evening by Grigory Sokolov.  Such a  miraculous phenomenon went far beyond  what is normally regarded as a 'performance', far beyond technical accomplishment or crass celebrity ostentatio