Schubert: Piano Sonatas D959 and D960

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Schubert: Piano Sonatas D959 and D960


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8th September 2017



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Schubert: Piano Sonatas D959 and D960


Piano Sonata No. 20 in A major, D959

Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960


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Legendary Polish pianist Krystian Zimerman in his first solo album for DG for over twenty-five years. Revelatory readings of Piano Sonatas D959 & D960, Schubert’s last major compositions for the piano before his death aged thirty-one. Recorded at the Kashiwazaki City Performing Arts Centre in Japan in January 2016.

Krystian performed these last two eternal masterworks intensely over the last few years to highest critical acclaim. This album is set to take its place among the great Schubert recordings.

Franz Schubert: Piano Sonata No.20 In A Major, D.959

1. Allegro

2. Andantino

3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)

4. Rondo (Allegretto)

Franz Schubert: Piano Sonata No.21 In B Flat Major, D.960

1. Molto moderato

2. Andante sostenuto

3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace con delicatezza)

4. Allegro ma non troppo

Presto Classical

James Longstaffe

8th September 2017

“The second movement of D959, a kind of melancholy Valse triste, sounds otherworldly and hauntingly mesmerising in Zimerman's hands. His voicing of chords is exquisite, and by bringing out the accents and other dynamic markings, he highlights some of the more unexpected harmonies, making it sound eerily modern in places...The way he shapes a phrase is a joy to listen to, and he knows exactly how to pace the longer movements.”

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