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- n. Plural form of sforzando.
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Rattle's current preoccupation seems to be with fine detail, and with controlling every particle of the orchestral sound; he drove the Schubert to some fearsome climaxes, especially in the finale, emphasising phrases with fierce sforzandos or tiny, rhetorical pauses, but paid little heed to any of the qualities that make it Schubert: its charm, or its lyricism.
There are whole pages of Nietzsche that suggest such things, say, as the essay on Maurice Barrès in "Egoists," with its bold tropes, its rapid gait, its sharp _sforzandos_.
In the softer portions his sforzandos were not irrelevant explosions, but slight extra accents: he made microscopic distinctions between piano and pianissimo; he achieved the most difficult feat of keeping his band at a level forte through long passages without a symptom of breaking out into fortissimo.
Davis is able to adjudicate between the two elements in masterly fashion, not least - one comes back finally to this - because of the strength and purity of the orchestral response: a steady pulse buoyantly articulated; fabulous, soft pianissimos; sforzandos that are properly stressed and sounded; fortissimos that are burnished and fullbodied.
To call Richter's shattering sforzandos "hammer blows" in the midst of the G-flat Minor episode hardly does their violence poetic justice.
Russo HAMMERED the piano on this one, and treated the sudden sforzandos (in which a huge forte leaps out of nowhere, clobbers you, and then disappears immediately) like ambushes.
Gradual volume swells as well as great sforzandos (sudden shifts in volumes) are relatively easy to achieve.