Critic’s Choice

By Lawrence Budmen

Jonathan Biss

Jonathan Biss

The musical menu at piano recitals too often adheres to the tried and true. For concertgoers tired of endless repetitions of Liszt’s B minor Sonata, Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Sonata or Chopin scherzos and ballades, Jonathan Biss’s program Friday night at the Broward Center offers an imaginative pairing of youthful and mature Beethoven with early works from the Second Viennese School.

Berg’s moody Sonata, Op. 1, written when the composer was still under the spell of romanticism, is contrasted with one of the first atonal works by his mentor Schoenberg – Sechs Kleine Klavierst├╝cke (Six Little Pieces). The concert is framed by Beethoven’s early F minor Sonata, which was dedicated to Haydn, and his late Sonata in A Major, Op. 101. Schumann’s melodic Waldszenen (Forest Scenes) adds some lyricism to the intellectually rigorous program.

The Broward Center Classical Series presents Jonathan Biss 8 p.m. Friday at the Broward Center.; 954-462-0222.

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