Schubert: Fantasie in F Minor & other piano duets

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Schubert: Fantasie in F Minor & other piano duets

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HMM902227

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1

Release date:

17th March 2017

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3149020222720

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72 minutes

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Schubert: Fantasie in F Minor & other piano duets


Schubert:

Fantasie in F minor for piano duet, D940

Four Ländler D814

Marches caractéristiques (2), D886: No. 1

Variations in A flat major on a original theme, D813

March D819 No. 3

Polonaise, Op. 61 No. 1 D824, D minor

Rondo for piano duet in A major, D951


Andreas Staier, Alexander Melnikov (fortepiano Graf by Christopher Clarke)

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"I have composed a big sonata and variations for four hands, and the latter have met with a specially good reception here, but I do not entirely trust Hungarian taste, and I shall leave it to you and to the Viennese to decide their true merit" So wrote Franz Schubert in 1824, evoking the popular 19th-century genre for 4-hands piano that publishers were always pestering him to write for. In his brief life Schubert devoted 32 compositions to this form and the least of these pieces, be it a ländler, polonaise or march, radiates with all of his finesse and sensitivity. Three are incontestable masterpieces, in the same rank as his sonatas or quartets: the Variations D813, the Fantasie D 940 and the Rondo D 951. All three date from the composer’s final years, a period that gave birth to his most accomplished works.

In concert, Andreas Staier and Alexander Melnikov have played Bach’s 'Well-Tempered Clavier', with Staier at the harpsichord, alongside Shostakovich’s '24 Preludes and Fugues', with Melnikov at the piano. Sharing a keyboard evidently suits them just as well; their unique musical complicity bringing together four hands and two immense talents.

Franz Schubert: Fantasie in F Minor, D. 940, Op. 103

I. Allegro molto moderato

II. Largo

III. Allegro vivace - Con delicatezza

IV. Finale. Tempo primo

Franz Schubert: 4 Ländler, D. 814

4 Ländler, D. 814

Franz Schubert: Marche Caractéristique in C Major, D. 886: I. Allegro Vivace

Marche Caractéristique in C Major, D. 886: I. Allegro Vivace

Franz Schubert: Variations on an Original Theme in A-Flat Major, D. 813, Op. 35: I. Thema. Allegretto

I. Thema. Allegretto

II. Variation I

III. Variation II

IV. Variation III. Un poco piu lento

V. Variation IV. Tempo I

VI. Variation V

VII. Variation VI. Maestoso

VIII. Variation VII. Più lento

IX. Variation VIII. Finale. Allegro moderato

Franz Schubert: 6 Grandes Marches in B Minor, D. 819, Op. 40: III. Allegretto

6 Grandes Marches in B Minor, D. 819, Op. 40: III. Allegretto

Franz Schubert: Polonaise in D Minor, D. 824, No. 1, Op. 61

Polonaise in D Minor, D. 824, No. 1, Op. 61

Franz Schubert: Rondo in A Major, D. 951, Op. 107: Allegretto quasi andantino

Rondo in A Major, D. 951, Op. 107: Allegretto quasi andantino

Sunday Times

9th April 2017

“The Graf-style fortepiano’s clarity brings out the fabulous textural richness of the F minor Fantasy’s third movement and the Rondo in A, illumined by the players’ lovely touches.”

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