Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 18 in G major, D894

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Schubert: Sonatas, Impromptus & Moments Musicaux

Schubert: Sonatas, Impromptus & Moments Musicaux


Schubert:

Hungarian Melody in B minor D817

Piano Sonata No. 18 in G major, D894

Moments Musicaux (6), D780, Op. 94

Allegretto in C minor, D915

4 Impromptus, D935

Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960


András Schiff (fortepiano)

Sir András Schiff’s reputation as one of the great interpreters of the work of Franz Schubert is long-established and he has always maintained that Schubert’s music is amongst the most moving ever written. Schiff underlined the point on his ECM New Series album with the C Major fantasies at the end of the 1990s, and he does so again on this remarkable recording. Two Schubert Sonatas (D894 & D960), the six Moments musicaux, Four Impromptus (D 935), the ‘Hungarian Melody’ and an Allegretto are addressed on a period instrument, the fortepiano. The pianist says: “My fortepiano was built by Franz Brodmann in Vienna in 1820. It is to me ideally suited to Schubert’s keyboard works. There is something quintessentially Viennese in its timbre, its tender mellowness, its melancholic cantabilità...It is in the quiet and quietest moments when Schubert - like nobody else - touches our hearts.”

Elsewhere in an absorbing booklet essay, Schiff notes: “Finding the right venue is essential. The room must not be too large, its acoustics, proportions, resonances and atmosphere should be ideally attuned to the needs of the fortepiano. Such a hall is the Kemmermusiksaal H.J. Abs of the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn.” It was there that these memorable recordings were made in July 2014.

“Schiff conjures wisp-like sonorities and never makes an ugly sound, and the Moments musicaux crackle with incisive effects. The smaller pieces work best, while the sonatas are quite difficult to sustain.” The Observer, 3rd May 2015 ****

“[Schiff] shows how [the fortepiano's] muted, delicate sound can transform Schubert for modern listeners. Two of the piano sonatas, the G Major, D894, and the late B Flat, D960, speak to us as if in an intimate tête-à-tête. The Moments musicaux, D 780, and the Four Impromptus, D 935, smile with informal grace.” Financial Times, 9th May 2015 ****

“Schiff’s Schubert is a known quantity: his comprehensive Decca set of the keyboard works remains a classic, but the sounds here are unexpected...Schiff, a self-confessed period-instrument convert, returns to the great G and B major sonatas, the second set of Impromptus and Moments Musicaux, making them sound hot off the press, fresh and new.” Sunday Times, 17th May 2015

“[The 1820 Brodmann instrument] sounds glorious: its tone and action seem ideally to suit these works…let us hope there is more to come.” Classical Music, May 2015 *****

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ECM New Series - 4811572

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Schubert: Fantasie

Schubert: Fantasie


Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 18 in G major, D894

Hungarian Melody in B minor D817

Fantasie in F minor for piano duet, D940

with Jacques Rouvier (piano)

Allegro in A minor 'Lebensstürme', D947


David Fray (piano)

David Fray returns to Schubert with his much-anticipated second recording of the composer’s piano music, a collection of passionate late works. Along with the Sonata in G D894 ‘Fantasie’ and the Hungarian Melody D817, Fray presents two duets for piano four-hands, both composed in the last year of Schubert’s life: the Fantasia in F minor D940 and the towering Allegro in A minor D947, ‘Lebensstürme’ (‘Storms of Life’). Fray invited Jacques Rouvier, his mentor and renowned teacher from the Paris Conservatoire, to join him in the studio, making this album a true labour of love.

“Few pianists have been more acutely sensitive to Schubert's complex inner world” Gramophone

The young French pianist’s Schubert interpretations are universally admired, both on disc and in recital. In its review of Fray’s 2009 album of the Moments musicaux and Impromptus D899, The Guardian praised his “discerning musicality… the sheer lucidity and polish of Fray’s playing, its exceptional command of colour and touch and the way he invariably uses that range of sound to point up musical structures in a meaningful way.” Gramophone declared it “a Schubert disc of the rarest distinction”, while BBC Music Magazine joined the fray with: “What’s immediately striking about his Schubert playing is its refinement, and variety of colour.”

Although Schubert composed over 20 sonatas, only three were published during his lifetime, of which the ‘Fantasie’ G Major Sonata D894, published in 1826, was the last. After Schubert’s death, Robert Schumann described this masterpiece as the "most perfect in form and conception" of all Schubert's sonatas.

Schubert spent the summers of 1818 and 1824 at the chateau of Count Johann Karl Esterházy (of the same Hungarian noble family that had been patron to Haydn), where he taught the Count’s two daughters. There he was exposed to the lively Magyar rhythms and tunes that infuse the Ungarische Melodie D817, a gem he composed in 1824 on his return to Vienna, but which went unpublished until a century after his death.

One of Schubert’s favourite forms of chamber music was the piano duet – he composed some 60 works in the genre. The Fantasia in F minor of 1828 is his last and most poetic contribution to the form as well as one of the most important works in his oeuvre.

In addition to David Fray, Jacques Rouvier – Professor of Piano at the Paris Conservatoire since 1979 – counts some of today’s most illustrious international virtuosos among his former students, including Arcadi Volodos and Hélène Grimaud.

“this new Schubert disc is exceptionally thoughtful and touching...he is joined by his mentor, the famous teacher Jacques Rouvier, for the great F minor Fantasia, where the playing is tougher, and then for the Allegro Lebensstürme in A minor: an unusually satisfying recital.” The Observer, 15th February 2015 ****

“This is a mightily impressive release with Fray and his partner Rouvier creating a wide range of colour in what are passionately felt interpretations. The interplay between the players is a constant pleasure...Fray’s variety of touch and dynamic control combined with a remarkable insight provides breathtaking results.” MusicWeb International, February 2015

“David Fray’s playing of the sonata, and of the brief, haunting Hungarian Melody, D817, is a delight. He and Jacques Rouvier give an unusually Gallic account of the F minor Fantasy.” Sunday Times, 1st March 2015

“The pianism is exemplary. David Fray has probably never hit an ugly note, nor failed to produce textures of luminous clarity and seductive depth and colour...Beautiful, certainly, in its way; but static.” BBC Music Magazine, Awards Issue 2015 ***

“David Fray is alive to the way the music moves at every point and skilled at evoking worlds of sound beyond the piano…Jacques Rouvier was David Fray's teacher. They make superb duettists, and I think one would have to go back to Murray Perahia and Radu Lupu - long ago - to find a far-reaching version of the F minor Fantasia as fine as theirs.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2015

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Erato - 2564616699

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Schubert: Piano Sonatas D840, 850, 894 & Impromptus D899

Schubert: Piano Sonatas D840, 850, 894 & Impromptus D899


Schubert:

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

Piano Sonata No. 17 in D major, D850

Piano Sonata No. 18 in G major, D894

4 Impromptus, D899

Klavierstücke (3), D946


Paul Lewis (piano)

Paul Lewis has just emerged from a vast Beethoven project: the complete sonatas and piano concertos, greeted all over the world as a landmark and completed in 2011 by the 'Diabelli Variations' – and now he returns to Franz Schubert, the other key focus of his concert career, the other pillar of his discography.

In this double album, three late sonatas are accompanied by two sets of short pieces brimming with inventiveness, the ' Impromptus' and 'Klavierstücke'.

“there were magical moments too, when Lewis's playing touched the sublime. His own Schubert odyssey is not to be missed by anybody who appreciates pianism of the highest caliber.” Barry Millington, London Evening Standard, concert review

“As Lewis's legions of admirers would expect, they are all superbly well played, with the same clarity and careful attention to every detail that is also lavished on the Four Impromptus of D899 and the three very late piano pieces D946. Unlike some of Lewis's more recent Beethoven performances, there's nothing over emphatic here... It's a fine, thoughtful set.” The Guardian, 3rd November 2011 ****

“Lewis’s mature insight into the workings and emotional characteristics of these works lends his interpretations particular power and depth, not just in the sonatas but also in the impromptus and the late Klavierstücke as well. Considered thought always seems to support and nourish Lewis’s performances, and here his instincts animate the music absorbingly.” The Telegraph, 18th November 2011

“Lewis’s Beethoven sonatas placed him firmly in the company of great contemporary pianists. In Schubert, too, his graceful phrasing and command of dynamic contrasts are equally impressive. His magisterial account of the C major Sonata (D840) challenges all other recorded interpretations with its combination of head and heart.” Sunday Telegraph, 20th November 2011

“I enjoyed every moment of these two superbly recorded discs...These are model accounts, in which Lewis, clearly a modest man, is intent on keeping himself out of the picture...I would like to hear more of him, and I'm sure Schubert would feel the same...When Schubert is being mysterious yet somehow simple, as in the unfinished so-called 'Reliquie' Sonata, Lewis's reticence is ideal. If he is open to criticism at all, it is only at the most exalted level.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2012 ****

“every now and again a recording comes along that makes you want to dance in the street, handing out copies to complete strangers. This is one of those instances...Time and again, you marvel at the confidence and sureness of Lewis's playing, combined with the finesse and musicality that he has always displayed. It's the kind of playing, in fact, where comparisons cease to matter....An undoubted contender for the 2012 Awards.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2012

“Particularly admirable is Lewis's differentiation between Schubert's idiosyncratic indications...[in D850] his playing seems to exude a quiet jauntiness, an unencumbered masculinity, observant, appreciative and filled with pleasure that, in its guileless utterance, is heart-stoppingly beautiful...I don't know of a more convincing or enjoyable performance [of D946]” International Record Review, February 2012

“Lewis’s playing is characterised by a wonderful range of tonal colours and subtle control of moods. There is a real poise and intimacy about his playing and while he allows the energetic and unruly passages to threaten the status quo, they never succeed...I have heard more dramatic performances, and also more ‘classical’ ones, but never anything so moving.” Chris O'Reilly, Presto Classical, 31st October 2011

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Finalist - Instrumental

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Schubert: Piano Sonatas

Schubert: Piano Sonatas


Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960

Piano Sonata No. 18 in G major, D894


Martin Stadtfeld (piano)

Sony - 88697135902

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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

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Also Recommended - March 2007

Philips Artist's Choice - 4757191

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Fantasias For Piano

Fantasias For Piano

Works by Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann


Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 18 in G major, D894

Schumann:

Kreisleriana, Op. 16


Natalia Ehwald (piano)

Genuin - GEN16413

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Schubert: Four Impromptus & Piano Sonata No. 18

Schubert: Four Impromptus & Piano Sonata No. 18


Schubert:

4 Impromptus, D899

Piano Sonata No. 18 in G major, D894


Sheila Arnold (piano)

Motion in stillness – stillness in motion

If I try to put the essence of these works into words, I find it hard to remain objective, for subjectivity is this music’s true core. Indeed we are confronted here with a series of different forms: sonata form, ABA form, theme with variations, rondos and dances. Yet those very forms start to metamorphose as we approach the threshold of musical Romanticism – and its forerunners were Romantic poets, several of whom Schubert counted among his close circle of friends. In contrast with cosy Biedermeier placidity, the painful isolation and yearning of deeply sensitive individuals is something equally omnipresent in that troubled age, and ultimately it does not make any difference whom or what the yearning is for. Here we have brooding meditation, fragments, inner disruption, the dissolution of the borders that separate reality from the world of appearances, life from death; nature experienced as a projection of one’s own inner emotions, “inside is outside”. Instead of an old-fashioned doctrine of the affections, Schubert traces a psychogram. That is the context within which I view the Four Impromptus D 899 and the so-called “Sonata-Fantasia” D 894. These works have been part of my life since early youth. My view of them has obviously shifted several times, and will hopefully continue to do so. This recording not only reflects the influences of daily life and the encounters I have enjoyed with wonderful people and literature; it likewise captures a glimpse of my attitude in a fleeting moment, particularly my experience with historical instruments – a passion I have been pursuing for almost twenty years.

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Schubert: Sonate D894 & 3 Klavierstucke D946

Schubert: Sonate D894 & 3 Klavierstucke D946


Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 18 in G major, D894

Klavierstücke (3), D946


Elena Margolina (piano)

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ARS Produktion - ARS38193

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Schubert: Klavierwerke 6

Schubert: Klavierwerke 6


Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 18 in G major, D894

Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960


Kei Itoh (piano)

Fontec - FOCD9670/1

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Mozart, Berg, Schubert & Gulda: Works for Piano

Mozart, Berg, Schubert & Gulda: Works for Piano


Berg:

Piano Sonata, Op. 1

Gulda:

Prelude and Fugue

Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 2 in F, K280

Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 18 in G major, D894


Yuko Mine (piano)

Castigo Classic Recordings - Castigo02429

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