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)

$19.50

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Schubert: The Late Piano Sonatas

Schubert: The Late Piano Sonatas


Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 14 in A minor, D784

recorded 2013

Piano Sonata No. 19 in C minor, D958

recorded 2013

Piano Sonata No. 20 in A major, D959

recorded 2002 (re-issue)

Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960

recorded 2002 (re-issue)


Paul Lewis (piano)

Paul Lewis is today regarded as one of the leading pianists of his generation, having won the most coveted prizes of the great classical institutions, for both his concert career and his recordings on harmonia mundi, topped by three Gramophone Awards including Record of the Year in 2008. He is also the first pianist in the history of the BBC Proms to have played the complete Beethoven concertos in a single season (2010). Early in 2011, Paul Lewis embarked on a two-year concert tour devoted to the works written by Schubert in the last six years of his life. Now completed, he has played in London, New York, Chicago, Tokyo, Melbourne, Rotterdam, Bologna, Florence and at the Schwarzenberg Schubertiade and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris.

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“While there's no doubt about the virtuosity and authority of Lewis's playing, there's certainly nothing superficially flashy about his performance either...throughout these sonatas I sensed a deeply considered performance where the primary concern was merely letting this extraordinary music speak for itself.” Presto Classical, 12th May 2014

“It almost goes without saying that this is piano playing of the highest calibre, to which the recorded sound does full justice. Yet I do have reservations about his choice of repeats...Lewis's is by far the best realisiations of [the slow movement off D959] that I have ever heard.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2014 ****

“Lewis is one of the best pianists I know for delivering both explosiveness of drama and the kind of melting expressiveness which draws you in, but without losing that inner core of strength which raises Schubert from genteel picturesqueness into an artist of granite stature.” MusicWeb International, 16th June 2014

Presto Disc of the Week

12th May 2014

Presto Discs of 2014

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Harmonia Mundi - HMC902165/66

(CD - 2 discs)

$12.75

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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)

$6.00

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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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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)

$12.50

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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)

$14.00

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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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Schubert - Piano Works Volume 10

Schubert - Piano Works Volume 10


Schubert:

Fantasie in C major, D760 'Wanderer'

Variations on Diabelli's Waltz, D718

13 Variations on a theme by Anselm Hüttenbrenner in A minor, D576

Piano Sonata No. 14 in A minor, D784


10th installment in Oppitz’s recordings of the complete piano works of Schubert.

Contains the famous “Wanderer Fantasy” and some rarely performed Variations.

Gerhard Oppitz has performed in major concert halls worldwide.

As a student of Wilhelm Kempff, and according to his own inner inclination, Gerhard Oppitz has been praised worldwide as a performer of Romantic piano works, especially those by German composers. He also loves to perform the large scale cyclical works such as Beethoven or Schubert on several consecutive evenings. "Variations" could be the theme of this 10th volume in his recordings of Schubert's piano works. It presents as it’s central work the “Wanderer Fantasy”, where in the second movement are a set of variations on the famous song "The Wanderer" D 489. Oppitz achieves here a momentous emotional climax in this performance. Also included is the comparably intense Piano Sonata D 784; these larger works perfectly frame to delightful sets of variations; the Variation on a Waltz by Diabelli, D 718 and the "Hüttenbrenner" Variations D 576.

Hänssler - Schubert Piano Works - HAEN98616

(CD)

$14.00

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