Repertoire

Ernest So is well-known for his wide range of repertoire, from concert standards to more obscure and rarer treasures of the piano literature.  He especially favours in the late-Romantic music of Russia, France, Spain and the Latin Americas. 

~ Concert Rarities ~
Russian Music
Blumenfeld, Felix    - Etude for Left Hand, Op. 36
Bortkiewicz, Sergei - Sonata No. 1
                               - Three Pieces Op. 24
                                  - Preludes Op. 33
Catoire, Georgy       - Five Pieces, Op. 10
 
Gliere, Reinhold     - 25 Preludes, Op. 30
                                 - "Russian Sailor Song", transcribed by Raymond Lewenthal
 
Kapustin, Nicolai    - Sunrise Op. 26
                               - Preludes Op. 53
                               - Aquarela do Brasil, Op. 118
Kazhlayev, Murad   - Romantic Sonatina
                                  - 6 Preludes
 
Medtner, Nicolai    - Fairy Tales: Opp. 8, 9, 20, 26, 51
                                 - Sonata Idyll, Op. 56
 
Stanchinsky, Alexei - 3 Preludes
                                - Sonata in E-flat minor
Svetlanov, Yevgeny -12 Preludes
 
Wild, Earl                -Transcriptions of Rachmaninoff's songs:
                                 Do Not Grieve
                                 Midsummer Nights
                                 Little Island
                                 Vocalise
                                 In the Silent Night
                                 Floods of Spring
                               
French Music
Aubert, Louis            - Romance, Op. 2
                                     - Sillages, Op. 27
 
Chabrier, Emmanuel  - Habanera
                                   - Bourrée Fantasque
Cras, Jean                   - 4 Danze
                                   - Au fil de l’eau
                                   - Paysage

Debussy, Claude        - La Mer, solo piano transcription by Lucien Garban 
 
Fauré, Gabriel            - Ballade Op. 19
 
Février, Henry           - Estampes Japonaises
 
​Godard, Benjamin     - Mazurka Op. 54
                                  - Waltz Op. 88
 
Ibert, Jacques            - Les bavardes
                                  - Pièce romantique
 
​Poulenc, Francis        - Mélancolie

Trenet, Charles          - Coin de rue, transcribed by Alexis Weissenberg 
 
Wiener, Jean              - Sonatine No. 2
                                     - Histoire de France
 
Wurmser, Lucien       - 12 Preludes
Spanish Music
Albeniz, Isaac             -  Iberia Book 4
Blancafort, Manuel    - Tres Consejos de Turina
                                   - El Parc d'atraccions
 
Granados, Enrique     - Elisenda's Garden
                                  - Valses Poético
                                  - Goyesca
 
Malats, Joaquim        - Serenata Española
                                   - Serenata Andaluza
 
Mompou, Federico    - 3 Variations
                                  - (Unpublished works) A la Muntanya (1911), Prelude (1913)
                                  - Variations on a Theme by Chopin
                                     - Cancions y Danzas (selections)
                                     - Preludes (selections)

Montsalvatge, Xavier - 4 diàlegs amb el piano  
 
Nin-Culmell, Joaquin  - Selections from “48 Tonadas”
Rodrigo, Joaquin        - “4 Piano Pieces”
 
Turina, Joaquin          - Sevilla, Op. 2
 
Viñes, Ricardo            - En Verlaine Mineur​

 

 

 

 

Music from Latin America
Armengol, Mario Ruiz - 19 Danzas Cubanas
 
Chavez, Carlos             - Paginas Sencillas
 
Dutra, Eduardo           - Preludio in F-sharp minor

Fernandez, Lorenzo   - 2nd Suite Brasileira
 
Gnattali, Radames     - Alma Brasileira
                                     - Maneirando
 
Guarnieri, Camargo Mozart - Dansa Negra
                                                - Dansa Brasileira
 
Guastavino, Carlos    - Cantilena argentina No. 4, 5
                                  - Tierra Linda
                                     - Sonatina
 
Lasala, Ángel E.         - Danza de la china querendona
 
Lecuona, Ernesto      - Malagueña
 
Mignone, Francisco   - Selections from “Valsa de Esquina”
                                     - Congada
 
Piazzolla, Astor          - Tango Fantasy Adios Nonino
 
Ponce, Manuel M.      - Balada Mexicana,
                                  - Selection of “Mazurcas”
                                  - Etude No. 3
                                  - Prelude and Fugue for Left Hand
 
Santoro, Cláudio        - Preludio from 1st book, 2nd series
Villa-Lobos, Heitor    - Ciclo Brasilero 

 

 

Others
Antheil, George          - Jazz Sonata (from fascimiles)
                                   - Sonatina für Radio (from fascimiles)
Bowen, York               - The Road to Polden
 
Bridge, Frank              - Three Improvisations for Left Hand Alone
 
Chasins, Abram          - Fairy Tale
                                   - Keyboard Karikatures, Op. 6
                                      - Three Chinese Pieces
 
Despic, Dejan              - Nokturno, Op. 5 
 
Finnissy, Michael        - Gershwin Transcription: Love is Here to Stay
 
Gabrilowitsch, Ossip    - Etude for Left Hand Op. 12, No. 2
 
Godowsky, Leopold    - Suite for Left Hand
                                   - Cello Suite No. 5 (orig. by Bach)
                                   - Arrangements of Chopin Etudes (various)
                                   - Alt Wien
                                   - The Swan (orig. by Saint-Saën)
                                   - Moment Musical (orig. by Schubert)
                                   - Heidenröslein (orig. by Schubert)
                                   - Triana (orig. by Albeniz)
                                   - Künstlerleben, Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Johann Strauss II
                                   - Symphonie Metamorphoses of the Schatz-Waltz themes for the Left Hand Alone
Hamelin, Marc-André  - La Campanella (after Paganini-Liszt)
 
Leschetiszky, Theodor - Hommage à Chopin
Moscheles, Ignaz         - La Gaïeté
 
Pärt, Arvo                    - Für Alina
                                    - Variationen zue Gesundung von Arinuschka
 
Pennario, Leonard       - Emperor Waltz (orig. by Johann Strauss)
 
Reinecke, Carl             - Sonata for Left Hand Op. 179
 
Saperton, David          - Bess, You is my woman now (orig. by Gershwin)
 
Tajčević, Marko            - 7 Balkan Dances
                                       - 5 Preludes
 
Tanikawa, Kensaku     - Sketch of Jazz
 
Vladigerov, Alexandre - "Dilmano,Dilbero" Variations on a Bulgarian folk song, Op. 2
 
Vladigerov, Pancho      - Valse-Fantasque Op. 2 No. 4
                                       - Autumn Elergy Op. 15 No. 2
                                       - Improvisation Op. 36 No. 4
 
​Wild, Earl                    - Virtuosic Etudes (orig. by Gershwin)

 

 

Some standard repertoire:
Bach – Partitas
Mozart – Sonatas, Fantasies, Variations
Beethoven – Sonatas, Variations, Bagatelles, Concertos
Chopin – Sonata No. 3, Nocturnes, Scherzos, Ballades, Mazurkas, Concertos
Liszt – Hungarian Rhapsodies, Sonata in B minor, Sonettos, Concertos
Brahms – Sonata Op. 5, late works (Op. 117, 118, 119)
Rachmaninoff – Preludes, Etudes, Transcriptions, Concerto No. 2
Prokofiev – Sonatas, Concerto No. 2
Scriabin – Sonatas, Etudes Op. 8 & 65, Vers la Flamme Op. 72
Debussy – Preludes, Images, Pour le Piano
Berg - Sonata