QUOTE(Invidia @ Jul 23 2011, 12:55 PM)
I think everyone on here will tell you that five pieces is too much.
Not necessarily, provided the overall recitial is the right length and there are not too many composers: Four composers is fine.
However, I do see a huge gap between Beethoven and Debussy which some Brahms or Chopin would fill nicely.
But there is no need: Debussy and Bartok are so different you can happily use them both (see below)
But for God's sake don't use the Brahms op 118/2; obviously you are free to play what you like regardless of which pieces are more popular, but I think a Pathetique followed by 118/2 would have your examiners wanting to bang their heads off the table.
In general I would agree, but if I saw a professional with a reputation doing a recital with both these pieces I would look forward to it: The qualification is that to do the better known end of the repertoire you have to be able to do it really
well. If you can, no problem.
Then there is the Debussy/Bartok- both 20th century composers, both dead. If you are going to have two 20th century composers, I would recommend one of them to be a living one, so when you are asked about it in the viva, as I was, you can answer with how you think it is important to use the work of a living composer to remind us that people do still compose today.
Not sure I agree with the Debussy/Bartok thing being a problem. The point about a living composer is a good one but lots of people (me included) pass the recital, program notes & viva with nothing later than Debussy.
Actually I rather like your program. Provided that it is the right length and you can do justice to such a well-known piece as the Pathetique, go for it & good luck.