Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 16 in A minor, D845

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Schubert: Piano Sonatas, D. 845 & 958

Schubert: Piano Sonatas, D. 845 & 958


Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 16 in A minor, D845

Piano Sonata No. 19 in C minor, D958


Louis Schwizgebel (piano)

In this eagerly awaited solo album for the enterprising Aparté label, Louis Schwizgebel appropriates two gems of piano repertoire: Sonata D845 (no. 16) in A minor, considered the first of Schubert's maturity, impresses with the mastery of its structure and its expressive power. Worthy of a symphony, D958 in C minor, 19th out of the 21 that he composed, symbolises the mastery of the composer, freed from the weight of his admiration for Beethoven.

Enhanced by recording quality featuring an extraordinary harmonic palette that will delight the most demanding audiophile, this project promises to be one of the finest piano CDs of the year. Louis Schwizgebel makes his debut in the International Piano Series on December 2nd at St Johns Smith Square, playing Sonata D958 and discussing his programme in the free pre-concert talk. The Swiss pianist won second prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2012, and soon afterwards became one of the BBC’s New Generation Artists. Acclaimed by The Guardian as "a pianist with a profound gift", he presents music by some of the piano repertoire’s greatest composers.

“Schwizgebel is in full command, avoiding the point-making that often intrudes in accounts of this music, but subtle enough not to make one weary…if you don’t know these two works, this disc is an admirable and very well-recorded introduction to them” BBC Music Magazine, February 2017 ****

“His clarity, matched by Aparté’s engineering, doesn’t mean a lack of weight of force, his patience doesn’t preclude excitement, and the pearly delicacy Schwizgebel gets from his instrument’s higher register doesn’t mean decorousness, not least because he peppers his light textures with mischievous, stinging accents…a refreshing and rewarding disc” Gramophone Magazine, December 2016

“It’s wonderful to see him [Schwizgebel] tackling Schubert … he should have opened with the A minor Sonata where we hear more of the limpid, near-transparent piano tone he so successfully makes his own. The heartbreaking ending of the A minor is unfolded magically” Pianist Magazine, December 2016 ***

Aparté - AP133

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Maria João Pires: Schubert

Maria João Pires: Schubert


Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 16 in A minor, D845

Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960


Iconic Deutsche Grammophon pianist and celebrated Schubert interpreter Maria João Pires returns to further explore the music of the quintessential romantic composer; deepening a musical relationship that has captivated critics and public alike throughout her career. The Portugese pianist has not recorded either of these sonatas for DG before and this recording of the brooding and expansive Sonata no.16 in A minor is her first for any label.

Both her DG debut recital and the acclaimed 1997 album, Voyage Magnifique, revealed Maria João Pires's unique empathy with the clarity of gesture and melodic line in the solo music of Schubert and this new album, combining the rarely heard Sonata No.16 with one of the composer’s best-loved late works, adds to her acclaimed discography of the composer.

“her performances are characteristically thoughtful – too much so for my liking. Pires’s approach is more high Romantic than late Classical, constantly oscillating between loud and soft, fast and slow, with the sort of artful phrasing that, instead of suggesting the music’s architectural scale and emotional anguish, ends up limiting them. She is at her most persuasive in the central movements of D845 and the Scherzo of D960” Financial Times, 9th February 2013 ***

“Pires has recorded Schubert's B flat major Sonata D960 before, as part of a series of Schubert discs for Erato in the mid-1990s, and in terms of timings the two performances are often strikingly similar...What remains unchanged is the patience with which Pires allows Schubert's music to unfold so naturally that nothing seems forced or contrived.” The Guardian, 21st February 2013 ****

“Here is a Schubertian still at the peak of her pianistic powers with the maturity of an interpreter who has lived with this music for a lifetime (she will be 70 next year). Even though countless great pianists have set down their thoughts on this sublime music, she makes you listen to Schubert’s genius with fresh ears...An enthralling disc.” Sunday Times, 14th April 2013

“The Portugese pianist produces such a consistently beautiful, mellow sound that one is liable to be seduced by that single element of her playing...Pires, you feel, lives in the sunshine and must surely play D960 to her grandchildren...Even for one with a lifelong affection for Schnabel, this is a B flat major to live with and savour.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2013

“Pires makes her anti-interpretation standpoint clear and manages to create performances which are uniquely communicative and fresh, keeping the ageing ears of this listener agape and agog from beginning to end...If you want to enhance your life with as ‘perfect’ a Schubert piano disc as can be recommended, then let this be your Elysian Field.” MusicWeb International, 21st May 2013

GGramophone Awards 2013

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GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - May 2013

DG - 4778107

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Richter plays Schubert & Beethoven

Richter plays Schubert & Beethoven


Beethoven:

Bagatelle in C Major, Op. 33, No. 5

Bagatelle in F, Op. 33 No. 3

Bagatelles (11), Op. 119: No. 2 in C major

Bagatelles (11), Op. 119: No. 7 in C major

Bagatelles (11), Op. 119: No. 9 in A minor

Bagatelles (6), Op. 126: No. 1

Bagatelles (6), Op. 126: No. 4

Bagatelles (6), Op. 126: No. 6 in E flat major

Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 16 in A minor, D845

Moments Musicaux, D780: No. 1 in C

Impromptu in E flat major, D899 No. 2

Impromptu in A flat major, D899 No. 4


Wonderful performances of Schubert and Beethoven by one of the most highly regarded pianists of the 20th century. The Schubert minatures were recorded at the legendary Sofia concert of 1958 and the sonata and bagatelles are studio recordings.

“Richter's sovereign pianism...is at times awe-inspiring. But the harsh sonics exaggerate his fierce commitment, making it aggressive.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2012 ****

Regis - RRC1390

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Schubert - Piano Sonatas Nos. 16 & 21

Schubert - Piano Sonatas Nos. 16 & 21


Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 16 in A minor, D845

Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960


'When he is at his best he plays more beautifully than any of us,' Alfred Brendel told William Steinberg, and described Kempff as 'an Aeolian harp, ever ready to respond to whatever interesting wind blew his way'. Brendel chose Kempff's 1953 Decca recording of Schubert's A minor Sonata, D.845, for inclusion in Philips' monumental 'Great Pianists of the 20th Century' series. The B flat Sonata was recorded three years earlier and has never previously been published on CD. In contrast with today's bountiful D. 960 discography, Schubert's last sonata was a relative rarity on disc when this recording first appeared, and it met with critical enthusiasm. 'Out of many lovely things in (the) first movement,' wrote the late and long-time Gramophone critic Alec Robertson, 'I will single out Kempff's playing of the second tune (F sharp minor) in which he achieves a perfect balance between the tenor and treble registers, and his instinctive feeling for the magical music hovering between D minor and B flat major, which proceeds the recapitulation - one of the supreme things in the whole of piano literature.'

In the 1000th issue of Gramophone (December 2005) the magazine asked its panel of reviewers to choose a single artist they'd like to hear perform just for them. Ivan March chose Wilhelm Kempff, and in particular, this 1950 Decca recording of Schubert's B flat sonata: 'Long ago, in my teens, I discovered the inspirational playing of Wilhelm Kempff. It is he I would invite to my command performance and it is Schubert I would ask him to play - the last, wonderful Sonata in B flat, for me the peak of 19th-century piano music. I heard it first on a Decca mono LP, elysian in his hands. But that early pressing had an irritating background swish. I tried to replace it but it appeared that all copies carried the same fault; it was some time before I secured a perfect pressing. Many years later I had afternoon tea with the illustrious Alec Robertson, whose enthusiastic review in The Gramophone had drawn me to the record. I gently took him to task about not mentioning the swish in his review. His eyes twinkled. "Ivan," he said, "the playing was so beautiful that I didn't hear the swish".'

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4769913

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Schubert Live - Volume 1

Schubert Live - Volume 1


Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 20 in A major, D959

11 Ecossaises, D781

Klavierstücke (3), D946

Piano Sonata No. 16 in A minor, D845

Piano Sonata No. 17 in D major, D850


Imogen Cooper returns to AVIE with the first in a series of 3 double CDs, recorded live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, exploring the late piano music of Schubert written between 1823 and 1828. The first volume includes the A minor Sonata D845, the D major Sonata D850 and the A major Sonata D959.

Imogen says: “I’m not afraid of being described as a Schubert specialist,” even though her active repertoire ranges from Bach to Thomas Adès. “He has taken up a lot of my waking time for more than 30 years. In fact, you could say that his songs and his piano music have sometimes been close to an obsession for me.” It is more than 20 years since Cooper made a live and recorded survey of all the piano music Schubert composed from early 1823 until his death in 1828 at the age of 31. “One of the reasons I’ve taken it all up again is that I feel it ten times more strongly than I did 20 years ago: the message has become more direct to me. Schubert has become even more necessary to my well-being, and I sense strongly that he is important for an audience’s well-being too.

Imogen Cooper has established a reputation as one of the finest interpreters of the classical repertoire. Having spent several years at the Paris Conservatoire in her teens, Cooper went to Vienna to study with Paul Badura-Skoda, Jörg Demus and the pianist often seen as her mentor, Alfred Brendel. She has appeared with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle among many others.

“She is an outstanding artist, one of the finest pianists now playing.” Daily Telegraph

“The range of colour, the subtle details, the singing line, the freedom of tempo within the driving momentum, the haunting and haunted beauty, are greater than ever. A joy.” Sunday Times, 10th May 2009 ****

“You only have to hear the slow movement of the great A Major Sonata D959 to appreciate that Cooper has the capacity to make the piano sing, in this instance with sighs of melancholy...Cooper has said that, after a career-long association with Schubert, his music's message has become much more direct for her. These discs show how eloquently she can convey that message to us.” The Telegraph, 30th April 2009 *****

“These performances were recorded live at a Queen Elizabeth Hall recital given in 2008. Free from the confines of the studio, Cooper rises to the occasion with performances that show a courageous advance on her already distinguished work. This is true, most strikingly, in the great penultimate A major Sonata, D959. ...few more deeply charged or felt performances now exist on record. Cooper wrings every expressive ounce from the massive opening Allegro and the result is movingly personal rather than overbearing or idiosyncratic. Time and again she makes you sense the dark undertow beneath Schubert's outward geniality, the pain as well as the fullness of his tragically brief life. ...nothing is taken for granted and every musical shadow, whether passing or engulfing, is acutely registered.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2009

“the piano could not be more naturally captured, nor the feeling of live music-making conveyed to the listener. She displays a very special feeling for the composer's lyricism, and the warm colouring and fine shading of timbre are as pleasing to the ear as the many subtle nuances of phrasing, and her bold sonority at higher dynamic levels is particularly satisfying.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

Avie - AV2156

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Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 16 in A minor, D845, etc.

Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 16 in A minor, D845

Schumann:

Piano Sonata No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 11


DG Originals - E4636762

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Schubert - Ran Jia

Schubert - Ran Jia


Daqun:

Three Preludes for Solo Piano

Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 19 in C minor, D958

Piano Sonata No. 16 in A minor, D845


Ran Jia (piano)

Released or re-released in last 6 months

RCA - 88985407002

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Schubert

Schubert


Daqun:

Three Preludes for Solo Piano

Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 19 in C minor, D958

Piano Sonata No. 16 in A minor, D845


Ran Jia (piano)

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RCA - G010003653220W

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Dmitri Bashkirov

Dmitri Bashkirov


Brahms:

Piano Sonata No. 2 in F sharp minor, Op. 2

Debussy:

Préludes - Book 1: No. 9, La serenade interrompue

Préludes - Book 1: No. 11, La Danse de Puck

Préludes - Book 2: No. 6, General Lavine - eccentric

L'isle joyeuse

Grieg:

Lyric Pieces Op. 54: No. 4 - Nocturne

Haydn:

Piano Sonata No. 59 in E flat major, Hob.XVI:49

Liszt:

Valse oubliée No. 2, S.215/2

Consolation, S. 172 No. 3 in D flat major

Prokofiev:

Visions fugitives, Op. 22 (extracts)

The Love for Three Oranges: March

Rachmaninov:

Moment musical No. 4 in E minor, Op. 16 No. 4

Moment musical No. 6 in C major, Op. 16 No. 6

Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 16 in A minor, D845

Scriabin:

Mazurka in E minor, Op. 25 No. 3

Waltz in A flat major, Op. 38

Preludes, Op. 13 (6)

Shchedrin:

Piano Sonata No. 1 in C major, Op. 25

Humoresque


Dmitri Bashkirov (piano)

Firma Melodiya presents an album of the remarkable Russian pianist Dmitri Bashkirov.

“Bashkirov moved from Tbilisi to Moscow in the 1950s to study at the conservatory, and his first performance caused a real sensation”, remembered the prominent organist Harry Grodberg. After he graduated the Moscow Conservatory and completed his postgraduate course under Alexander Goldenweiser, Bashkirov received the first prize of the Long-Thibault International Competition in Paris. The piano school of Heinrich Neuhaus had an unconditional influence on the young pianist.

“This is a romantic pianist … of modern formation.

Both dreaminess and tenderness are characteristic of him. But what he has on the foreground when he plays is intensity of feeling”, wrote one of the music critics about Dmitri Bashkirov. Combining impeccable technical virtuosity with emotional depth, brilliant artistry with the skill of a dramatist performer, he mastered an extensive concert repertoire and spent a lot of time in studio as well recording for Melodiya and later for the biggest European labels. Bashkirov played music of the romantic composers and French impressionists with particular inspiration, but his interpretations of Prokofiev were also especially impressive, and the classical harmonies of Haydn and Mozart were followed by sonorous energy of Rachmaninoff and sharp distinctness of Shchedrin.

The album includes recordings of works of Haydn, Schubert, Brahms, Liszt, Grieg, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev and Shchedrin made by Dmitri Bashkirov in 1957 to 1972.

Melodiya - MELCD1002288

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Schubert: Piano Sonatas D 894 & D 845

Schubert: Piano Sonatas D 894 & D 845


Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 18 in G major, D894

Piano Sonata No. 16 in A minor, D845


Michail Lifits (piano)

Decca - 4811467

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