Schubert: Klavierstücke (3), D946

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Schubert: Moments Musicaux, Klavierstücke & Wanderer Fantasy

Schubert: Moments Musicaux, Klavierstücke & Wanderer Fantasy

Stereo (CD1) / Mono (CD2) · Recorded In 1956, 1957 & 1959


Schubert:

Moments Musicaux (6), D780, Op. 94

Allegretto in C minor, D915

March in E major, D606

Klavierstücke (3), D946

Fantasie in C major, D760 'Wanderer'


Claudio Arrau could trace his musical lineage through his teacher Martin Krause to Liszt, Beethoven and Haydn themselves. Yet this probing and poetic artist was not afraid to admit that “Schubert is for me the ultimate problem of interpretation … There is the dramatic scope of Beethoven and the simplicity of Austrian folksong; wonderful lyric writing … and great chastity. And much of his music is filled with anxiety – so obvious when you know his language.”

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Schubert: Impromptus, Piano pieces & Variations

Schubert: Impromptus, Piano pieces & Variations


Schubert:

4 Impromptus, D935

Klavierstücke (3), D946

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


Steven Osborne shines in lyrical new performances of seven of Schubert’s greatest late works for piano, plus the extended Hüttenbrenner Variations of 1817.

“Steven Osborne is perhaps the outstanding British pianist of his generation, certainly one of the most versatile and adventurous…where Osborne excels is in his grasp of structure - if anyone remains who thinks that Schubert just rambles delightfully on, these accounts should lead to a rapid change of mind; and in coping effortlessly with Schubert's unhelpfully awkward leaps” BBC Music Magazine, November 2015

“Osborne immediately presents himself as a Schubertian of the utmost seriousness and integrity, and throughout the disc [he] offers finely gauged and beautifully regulated playing. His is a patient, ostensibly non-interventionist approach, in which the poetry of Schubert's music is allowed to speak for itself.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2015

“Osborne takes a wonderfully clear-sighted, analytical approach which gives the seven late works, as well as the early, often playful variations, great radiance and lyricism.” The Guardian, 18th October 2015 ****

“His Schubert is clean and unfussy, much like that of Paul Lewis, but with a slightly softer grain. Those qualities pay dividends in a thoughtful, alluring account of the D. 935 Impromptus.” New York Times, 25th November 2015

Hyperion - CDA68107

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Bertrand Chamayou: Schubert

Bertrand Chamayou: Schubert


Liszt:

Auf dem Wasser zu singen (No. 2 from Zwölf Lieder von Franz Schubert, S558)

Litanei - Andante Religioso (No. 1 from Vier Geistliche Lieder, S562, after Schubert)

Der Müller und der Bach (No. 2 from Müllerlieder von Franz Schubert, S565)

Schubert:

Fantasie in C major, D760 'Wanderer'

Ländler (12) D790

Allegretto in C minor, D915

Ländler (17), D366: No. 12

Klavierstücke (3), D946

Kupelwieser-Walzer D I


Bertrand Chamayou, described by Gramophone as a “young French pianist of an impeccable pedigree”, is already firmly established as one of the most thoughtful and fascinating pianists of his generation. He has chosen Schubert – with the Wanderer-Fantaisie as the centrepiece – for his first release as an ERATO artist, and, in the course of 2014, the composer’s works will also feature in Chamayou’s recitals in Germany, Belgium, the US (New York), France and Austria.

Born in Toulouse, and a graduate of the Paris Conservatoire, Chamayou had ambitions to be a composer before the piano became his musical priority, and his questing and creative spirit is reflected in a diverse and eclectic repertoire that defies simple categorisation: he has built his reputation with the music of, among others, Liszt, Franck, Messiaen and contemporary composers. It is perhaps not surprising that he drew the attention of Pierre Boulez, a similarly unclassifiable musician, who has conducted Chamayou in concerto performances on a number of occasions.

Gramophone, putting Chamayou’s playing in a class with Alfred Cortot, has praised the way he … “harnesses power and depth alongside his sparkling virtuosity” and noted his “textual clarity, warm and affectionate expression and luminous piano tone”, while International Record Review singled him out for special praise among the younger pianists of today:

“These days, when unprecedented virtuosity is the common coin of an entire of young pianists, it is not easy to describe what precisely puts Chamayou head and shoulders above his peers. His mastery of the piano is flawless; is oneness with the instrument complete. As one listens to his performances, perfection of execution so quickly becomes part of the landscape that you almost forget it. Unblemished by obtrusions of ego or exhibitionism, what we hear seems some pure distillation of musical thought, some unadorned essence of poetic utterance, as though a fleeting ideal were captured and held aloft in all its radiance. When Chamayou plays, you believe every note.”

France’s leading music awards, Les Victoires de la Musique, have traced the trajectory of Chamayou’s career: in 2006 he was named as the year’s ‘Révélation’ (outstanding young talent), while 2011 brought him the prize for Solo Instrumentalist and 2012 for Best Recording.

In the concert hall, conductors with whom he has collaborated include Semyon Bychkov, Andris Nelsons, Leonard Slatkin, Neville Marriner, Michel Plasson, Stéphane Denève and Jérémie Rhorer, while among his chamber music partners are fellow ERATO artists Renaud Capuçon, Gautier Capuçon and Quatuor Ebène.

“Conceived by the pianist as a kind of “Schubertiade”, this affecting, beautifully performed disc conjures up those great occasions of convivial music-making, but on the assumption they could embrace the serious statement, too” Sunday Times, 2nd March 2014

“Chamayou's playing is consistently persuasive. The Wanderer-Fantasie is a bit heavyweight for my taste, although the Klavierstücke are superbly done, and there's also a wonderfully graceful performance of the D790 Deutsche Tänze.” The Guardian, 14th March 2014 ***

“[he] treats everything with equal respect and palpable affection. The Wanderer is a real test of any musician but Chamayou surmounts the work's sometimes unpianistic demands without ever leaving you, as some do, feeling as if you've been punched in the face. Instead he revels in its virtuosity and in the sheer variety of texture.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2014

“Chamayou's impressive reserves of articulation and firepower seem a touch stretched by the finale of the Wanderer Fantasy (compared, say, with Murray Perahia's recording), but elsewhere his tight-reined, skilfully paced virtuosity and musicianship excel, while his expressive touch in Liszt's Schubert song-transcriptions is state-of-the-art.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2014 ****

“his musically insightful, technically flawless playing can be confused with no-one else's. He exudes confidence without the slightest hint of egotism or ostentation...Ultimately the key characteristic of this recording is that indispensable element of great Schubert playing: a singing line capable of piercing the very depths of the heart.” International Record Review, May 2014

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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

Presto Disc of the Week

31st October 2011

GGramophone Awards 2012

Finalist - Instrumental

GGramophone Magazine

Disc of the Month - February 2012

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Schubert & Schumann: Piano Works

Schubert & Schumann: Piano Works


Schubert:

Klavierstücke (3), D946

Schumann:

Études symphoniques, Op. 13


Emre Elivar (piano)

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Mendelssohn, Schubert & Brahms: Piano Works

Mendelssohn, Schubert & Brahms: Piano Works


Brahms:

Klavierstücke (6), Op. 118

Mendelssohn:

Song without Words, Op. 19b No. 1 in E major 'Sweet Remembrance'

Song without Words, Op. 38 No. 6 in A flat major 'Duetto'

Variations sérieuses in D minor Op. 54

Schubert:

Klavierstücke (3), D946


David Theodor Schmidt (piano)

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Schubert: 4 Impromptus, D899, etc.

Schubert:

4 Impromptus, D899

Allegretto in C minor, D915

Klavierstücke (3), D946


After his first CD devoted to Mompou, which attracted much favourable comment, Javier Perianes now turns to the 'short pieces' of Schubert. However, what the composer called 'impromptus' or 'Klavierstücke' went so far beyond the bounds of mere entertainment for amateurs that they were originally rejected by publishers on account of their difficulty.These 'lieder for solo piano', as one might term them, concentrate the myriad emotions to which Schubert alone possessed the key.

Javier Perianes studied with Richard Goode, Alicia de Larrocha and Daniel Barenboim, with whom he recently played Beethoven's 'Emperor' Concerto. He has appeared with many noted Spanish and international orchestras, under conductors as varied as Paul McCreesh, Kirill Petrenko, Josep Pons and Libor Pešek.

“As a first-rate Schubert player must, he knows how to make the piano ‘sing’, and very beautifully too. Nor is he merely sentient; he is a thinker. Structurally, dramatically, psychologically, rhetorically, his playing betrays a keen perception and intelligence.” Piano

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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

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Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 21 & Klavierstücke D946

Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 21 & Klavierstücke D946


Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960

Klavierstücke (3), D946


“Uchida's concentration and inwardness are of a rare order in her absorbed, deeply poetic reading of the B flat Sonata. No pianist makes you so aware how much of the first two movements is marked pp or even ppp; and none conjures such subtlety of colour in the softest dynamics: listen, for instance, to her playing of the three unearthly C sharp minor chords that usher in the firstmovement development, or her timing and colouring of the breathtaking sideslip from C sharp minor to C major in the Andante. Other pianists may find a stronger undercurrent of foreboding or desperation in these two movements – though Uchida builds the development of the initial Molto moderato superbly to its dramatic climax.
But none probes more hauntingly the music's mysterious contemplative ecstasy or creates such a sense of inspired improvisation. And her limpid cantabile sonorities are always ravishing on the ear. She's equally attuned to the less rarefied world of the Scherzo and finale, the former a glistening, mercurial dance, con delicatezza indeed, the latter graceful and quixotic, with a hint of emotional ambiguity even in its ostensibly cheerful main theme and a tigerish ferocity in its sudden Beethovenian eruptions.
The coupling is generous: the three Klavierstücke, D946, composed, like the sonata, in Schubert's final year, 1828, and assembled by Brahms for publication. She brings a wonderfully impassioned sweep, with razor-sharp rhythms, to the opening of the E flat minor, No-1, and mesmerically floats its slow B major episode. She also restores the beguiling barcarolle- like episode in A flat that Schubert excised from his autograph manuscript. The recording finely captures Uchida's subtle, pellucid sound world. A revealing disc from a Schubertian of rare insight and spirituality.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Schubert: 4 Impromptus, D899, etc.

Schubert:

4 Impromptus, D899

4 Impromptus, D935

Allegretto in C minor, D915

Klavierstücke (3), D946


“This is something very special. Pires's characteristic impassioned absorption in all she plays – that concentration which makes the listener appear to be eavesdropping on secrets shared between friends – could hardly find a truer soul mate than Schubert.
Each Impromptu has a rare sense of integrity and entirety, born of acute observation and long-pondered responses.
Pires's instinct for tempo and pacing brings a sense of constant restraint, a true molto moderato to the Allegro of the C minor work from D899, created by a fusion of right-hand tenuto here with momentary left-hand rubato there. Then there's the clarity of contour within the most subtly graded undertones of the G flat major of D899 which re-creates it as a seemingly endless song. Or an Andante just slow, just nonchalant enough for the Rosamunde theme of the D935 B-flat major to give each variation space and breath enough to sing out its own sharply defined character.
The Allegretto, D915 acts as a Pause between the two discs, a resting place, as it were, for reflection and inner assessment on this long journey. Its end – which could as well be its beginning – is in the Drei Klavierstücke, D946 of 1828. The first draws back from the fiery impetuousness within the Allegroassai's tautly controlled rhythms, to an inner world with its own time scale; the second, more transpired than played, has an almost unbearable poignancy of simplicity.
The paradox of these unselfregarding performances is how unmistakably they speak and sing out Pires and her unique musicianship. To draw comparisons here would be not so much odious as to miss the point.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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