Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 20 in A major, D959

This page lists all recordings of Piano Sonata No. 20 in A major, D959, by Franz Peter Schubert (1797-1828) on CD, SACD, DVD & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.

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Schubert: Works for Solo Piano Vol. 2

Schubert: Works for Solo Piano Vol. 2


Schubert:

4 Impromptus, D899

Piano Sonata No. 20 in A major, D959


His Brahms series being now complete in six volumes and widely praised, Barry Douglas continues his exploration of Schubert’s piano music. The romantic, personal outlook developed in the course of the Brahms survey is fully expressed in this new Schubert volume: deeply characteristic works written in the nostalgic, yet prolific last years of the composer’s short life.

Throughout, Barry Douglas probes the romantic aspirations of Schubert’s writing, whether in the intimate melodies and contrasts of the impromptus, or in the monumental Sonata in A, the extraordinary range and technical challenges of which call for the virtuosity of the interpreter while plunging the listener into the illness, pain, and hope of the composer’s final years.

Celebrating the thirtieth anniversary in 2016 of his winning the Tchaikovsky competition, Barry Douglas continues touring the most prestigious venues around the world (Philharmonie de Paris, Ulster Hall, St Petersburg Hall, among others) and regularly appearing in renowned festivals in Europe (Clandeboye, Verbier, La Roque-d’Anthéron, etc.).

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Chandos - CHAN10933

(CD)

$14.50

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Schubert: Wanderer Fantasy and Piano Sonata No. 20

Schubert: Wanderer Fantasy and Piano Sonata No. 20


Schubert:

Fantasie in C major, D760 'Wanderer'

Piano Sonata No. 20 in A major, D959


Sony musicforyou - 88875070842

(CD)

$8.00

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Shai Wosner plays Schubert & Mazzoli

Shai Wosner plays Schubert & Mazzoli


Mazzoli:

Isabelle Eberhardt Dreams of Pianos

Schubert:

Moments Musicaux (6), D780, Op. 94

Piano Sonata No. 20 in A major, D959


Shai Wosner (piano)

Described by the BBC Music Magazine as being among "the front rank of Schubertians" (Schubert Sonatas ONYX4073 review) this new release will be eagerly awaited by all those who appreciate this wonderful Schubert interpreter. Wosner provides an interesting twist to the programme in Missy Mazzoli’s [b. 1980] Schubert-inspired ‘Isabelle Eberhardt Dreams of Pianos’, in which the young Swiss aristocrat and adventurer of the early 20th Century imagines a Schubert sonata ‘piercing her fading consciousness like memories from her former life are fragments of Schubert's sonata. Eberhardt lived a nomadic life in North Africa, dying at 27 in a flash flood.

“Wosner's interpretations draw you ineluctably into his own vision...[he] proves himself a Schubertian of real stature.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2015

“the utmost pianistic luxury...One of the most persuasive elements of Wosner's playing is his ability to indicate varieties of texture with tremendous clarity and subtlety. Overstatement just isn't necessary. His sustained notes, whether singly or in chords, sound unfailingly pellucid, crystalline, ethereally beautiful.” International Record Review, March 2015

Onyx - ONYX4136

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Schnabel plays Schubert

Schnabel plays Schubert


Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 20 in A major, D959

Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960


Artur Schnabel in classic performances of Schubert's last two piano sonatas (D. 959 and D. 960).

Regis - RRC1415

(CD)

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Paul Lewis: Sonata

Paul Lewis: Sonata


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 'Pathetique'

Piano Sonata No. 25 in G major, Op. 79

Liszt:

La Lugubre Gondola II, S200 No. 2

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 19 in C minor, D958

Piano Sonata No. 20 in A major, D959


Paul Lewis (piano)

Harmonia Mundi Initiales - HMX2908456/57

(CD - 2 discs)

$12.25

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Schubert - Piano Sonatas Nos. 15 & 20

Schubert - Piano Sonatas Nos. 15 & 20


Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 15 in C major, D840 'Reliquie'

Piano Sonata No. 20 in A major, D959


Severin von Eckardstein (Schimmel piano)

After Glazunov’s first concerto with the National Orchestra of Belgium and Walter Weller, Severin von Eckardstein returns to Fuga Libera for a solo Schubert recital. Eckardstein, an incredible fearless virtuoso, who also contributes his own booklet note, is ideally suited to the monumental D959 and unusually gives us the Sonata No. 17, 'Reliquie', left unfinished in 1825 when Schubert moved on to D845.

Fuga Libera - FUG563

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Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 20 in A major, D959, etc.

Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 20 in A major, D959

Piano Sonata No. 14 in A minor, D784


Jorge Bolet (piano)

Schubert and Jorge Bolet may seem rare bedfellows for a virtuoso who excelled in the music of Liszt and Rachmaninov and whose lineage extended, through his teacher David Saperton, to Leopold Godowsky (Saperton's teacher). But he finds in this music both muscularity and strength and his grasp of the music's visionary and often extensive and complex structures is revelatory. Some years after this recording, Bolet recorded the Liszt transcriptions of selected Schubert Lieder for Decca, and the ability to stretch and spin a melodic line in those celebrated recordings is omnipresent in this 'pure' Schubert.

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4801137

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Alfred Brendel plays Schubert

Alfred Brendel plays Schubert


Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 14 in A minor, D784

recorded live 1984

Piano Sonata No. 15 in C major, D840 'Reliquie'

recorded live 1984

Piano Sonata No. 18 in G major, D894

recorded live 1998

Piano Sonata No. 20 in A major, D959

recorded live 1999

Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960

recorded live 1997


Brendel's 1987 recording of D784 was the Building a Library first choice. However as that is available only as part of a very large box set, this alternative is also recommended. This is the version preferred by Brendel himself.

“Brendel believes Schubert is 'mysteriously episodic', but doesn’t play him that way. Architecture is re-created by scanning ahead… and by binding movements together through tempi that relate to one another. Weaknesses fall by the wayside. Not, though, the melancholic songfulness that is an indisputable part of Schubert. It is heard in, say, the B major Trio or the slow movement of D960, but shorn of the lachrymose bleating that some pianists think necessary.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2006

Building a Library

Also Recommended - March 2007

Philips Artist's Choice - 4757191

(CD - 2 discs)

$13.00

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Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 19 in C minor, D958, etc.

Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 19 in C minor, D958

Allegretto in C minor, D915

Klavierstücke (3), D946

Piano Sonata No. 20 in A major, D959

Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960


DG Originals - E4746132

(CD - 2 discs)

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Schubert - The Last Sonatas

Schubert - The Last Sonatas


Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 20 in A major, D959

Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960


Paul Lewis (piano)

“He is a thoughtful, restrained interpreter who keeps textures transparent. He tends to underplay the rhetoric even in the A major Sonata...Equally, the B flat Sonata unfolds without unnecessary promptings; every detail flows naturally from the last, and the flexibility of the tempi, often anticipating a modulation with a ritardando, is never overdone.” The Guardian, 18th April 2003 ****

Harmonia Mundi - HMC901800

(CD)

$13.25

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