Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 14 in A minor, D784

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Grigory Sokolov

Grigory Sokolov


Chopin:

Étude Op. 10 No. 8 in F major

Étude Op. 25 No. 11 in A minor 'Winter Wind'

Mazurka No. 13 in A minor, Op. 17 No. 4

Prokofiev:

Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 83

Piano Sonata No. 8 in B flat major, Op. 84

Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 14 in A minor, D784

Schumann:

Carnaval, Op. 9

Scriabin:

Étude Op. 8 No. 10 in D flat major

Piano Sonata No. 9, Op. 68 'Black Mass'

Stravinsky:

Three Movements from Petrushka


Firma Melodiya continues to acquaint the music lovers with the performing art of Grigory Sokolov.

The name of this pianist from St Petersburg has been known to Russian and foreign audiences for nearly half a century now. Since the time of his victory at the 3rd International Tchaikovsky Competition, Grigory Sokolov has been attracting the attention of connoisseurs of music with the depth and freshness of his renditions that always combine a recognisable, individual pianistic style with a full immersion in the world of the performed work.

Grigory Sokolov is first of all known as a performer of 'intellectual' music – Bach’s suites and fugues, Beethoven’s late sonatas and Brahms’ pieces. This set presents the pianist as an impressive and original interpreter of romantic piano repertoire, including one of Schubert’s posthumous sonatas, Schumann’s Carnaval and Chopin’s and Scriabin’s miniatures, combined with 20th century music such as fragments from Stravinsky’s Petrushka and Prokofiev’s sonatas, which also take an important place in his concert programmes.

Grigory Sokolov’s recordings featured in this set embrace a 20-year period of the outstanding artist’s career. You are about to hear him as a vivid romantic virtuoso, a contender for victory at the competition in 1966, an artistically balanced pianist of the next decade and a mature, experienced musician of the late 1980s. The recordings were made in studio and at concert in Moscow and Leningrad.

Melodiya - MELCD1002292

(CD - 2 discs)

$20.00

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Schubert - Piano Sonatas Nos.13 & 14

Schubert - Piano Sonatas Nos.13 & 14


Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 13 in A major, D664

Piano Sonata No. 14 in A minor, D784

Impromptu in E flat major, D899 No. 2

Impromptu in A flat major, D899 No. 4


Alto - ALC1081

(CD)

$6.25

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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

(CD)

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Schubert - Piano Sonatas

Schubert - Piano Sonatas


Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 19 in C minor, D958

Piano Sonata No. 14 in A minor, D784


Paul Lewis (piano)

“Even now, when the greatness of Schubert’s mature piano sonatas is unchallenged, the C minor is, for some reason, neglected, at least when compared with the other two sonatas composed in the final year of his life. Yet it is fully their equal, as Paul Lewis’s passionate performance movingly reminds us. He might have found a leaner texture for the first movement’s spectral coda, though I am loath to cavil at playing so fine and so responsive to the wealth of invention — playing at once spacious and implacably rhythmic. His account of the enigmatic A minor is no less masterly.” Sunday Times, 20th July 2008 ****

Harmonia Mundi Musique d'Abord - HMA1951755

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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 Sonatas

Schubert - Piano Sonatas


Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 14 in A minor, D784

Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960

Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, D613


“Hough's sensitive performances of Schubert's deceptively plain-speaking late sonatas bring out their Classical grace and structural rigour.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2008

“Stephen Hough's moving performance of D960 is marked throughout by refined, discerning pianism and an uncommonly subtle ear for texture.
In all four movements, he seeks out the music's inwardness and fragility, its ethereal, self-communing remoteness. The opening Molto moderato, unfolding in vast, calm spans, has a hypnotic inevitability; there are countless felicities of timing and colour, but always a vital sense of forward motion. Hough adopts a dangerously slow tempo in the Andante but sustains it through the breadth and concentration of his line, the subtlety of his tonal palette and his pointing of rhythmic detail. His rarefied grace and delicacy, his gentle probing of the music's vulnerability, are of a piece with his conception of the sonata as a whole.
As usual, Hyperion doesn't stint over playing time, offering another complete sonata in addition to the two-movement fragment, D613.
D784, perhaps Schubert's most depressive instrumental work, is magnificently done.
Hough distils an immense weight of suffering from the pervasive two-note motif that dominates the first movement like some massive, Wagnerian pendulum; but, typically, the lyrical music is limpidly coloured and poignantly inflected, with an unusually precise observation of Schubert's accents. The Andante is flowing and long-arched, with some ravishing soft play- ing, and he a brings a superb rhythmic impulse to the eerily scudding counterpoint of the main subject and a piercing tenderness to the contrasting F major theme. The fragmentary C major Sonata, D613, one of numerous Schubert torsos from the years 1817-22, is no great shakes: two pleasant but uneventful movements, both incomplete. The recording is of exemplary clarity, warmth and truthfulness.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

Hyperion - CDA67027

(CD)

$14.50

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Schubert: Piano Sonatas Nos. 14 & 21 & Grazer Fantasy

Schubert: Piano Sonatas Nos. 14 & 21 & Grazer Fantasy


Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 14 in A minor, D784

Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960

Fantasie in C major, D605a 'Grazer'


Maria Perrotta (piano)

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Decca - 4815079

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Schubert: Piano Sonatas 14 & 21

Schubert: Piano Sonatas 14 & 21


Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 14 in A minor, D784

Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960


Denis Pascal (piano)

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La Musica - LMU008

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Liszt: Piano Sonata in B Minor, S. 178 & Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 14 in A Minor, D. 784

Liszt: Piano Sonata in B Minor, S. 178 & Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 14 in A Minor, D. 784


Liszt:

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 14 in A minor, D784


Emil Gilels (piano)

RCA - G010003593147V

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André Watts plays Schubert

André Watts plays Schubert


Schubert:

12 Waltzes, D145

Piano Sonata No. 14 in A minor, D784

Fantasie in C major, D760 'Wanderer'


André Watts (piano)

Sony - G010003509615W

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