Schubert: 4 Impromptus, D899 (Op. 90)

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Artur Schnabel - The RCA Victor Recordings

Artur Schnabel - The RCA Victor Recordings


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 'Emperor'

Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109

Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111

Schubert:

4 Impromptus, D899


Sony Classical pays tribute to Artur Schnabel – one of the 20th century’s most influential pianists and musical thinkers – with a 2-CD set of his complete American RCA Victor recordings.

Artur Schnabel – The RCA Victor Recordings brings together all of the pianist’s sessions for RCA Victor, recorded within an intense two months of activity in 1942. Beethoven’s G major and “Emperor” Concertos with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (conducted by its long time music director Frederick Stock) first appeared on 78s. Two late Beethoven Sonatas, No. 30 in E major op. 109 and No. 32 in C minor op. 111 were issued for the first time in 1976, inviting comparisons alongside Schnabel’s much imitated early 1930s versions. Also from the 1942 sessions are the previously unpublished Schubert Impromptus D 899, a significant addition to Schnabel’s discography.

Born in 1882 and raised in Vienna, Artur Schnabel began lessons at nine years old with Theodor Leschetitzky. The legendary pedagogue recognized his young pupil’s unusual nature, and steered him towards Schubert’s then-neglected sonatas, saying, “You will never be a pianist, you are a musician.” After his 1898 Berlin debut, Schnabel began touring as a soloist, as a chamber player, and in a lieder duo with his future wife, contralto Therese Behr.

Although Schnabel commanded a wide repertoire, he was best known as an interpreter of the Austro-German classics of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, with forays into Schumann and Brahms – as he put it, “music which I consider better than it can be performed.”

From 1925 Schnabel taught at the Berlin State Academy until leaving the city in 1933 after the Nazi Party took control. He became the first pianist in history to record all 32 Beethoven Sonatas, and taught master classes at Tremezzo, Lake Como before moving to the United States in 1939, where he became a naturalized citizen five years later. He returned to Europe after the war, and died in 1951 at Lake Como.

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Schubert: Works for Solo Piano Vol. 2

Schubert: Works for Solo Piano Vol. 2


Schubert:

4 Impromptus, D899

Piano Sonata No. 20 in A major, D959


His Brahms series being now complete in six volumes and widely praised, Barry Douglas continues his exploration of Schubert’s piano music. The romantic, personal outlook developed in the course of the Brahms survey is fully expressed in this new Schubert volume: deeply characteristic works written in the nostalgic, yet prolific last years of the composer’s short life.

Throughout, Barry Douglas probes the romantic aspirations of Schubert’s writing, whether in the intimate melodies and contrasts of the impromptus, or in the monumental Sonata in A, the extraordinary range and technical challenges of which call for the virtuosity of the interpreter while plunging the listener into the illness, pain, and hope of the composer’s final years.

Celebrating the thirtieth anniversary in 2016 of his winning the Tchaikovsky competition, Barry Douglas continues touring the most prestigious venues around the world (Philharmonie de Paris, Ulster Hall, St Petersburg Hall, among others) and regularly appearing in renowned festivals in Europe (Clandeboye, Verbier, La Roque-d’Anthéron, etc.).

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Lars Vogt plays Schubert

Lars Vogt plays Schubert


Schubert:

4 Impromptus, D899

Moments Musicaux (6), D780, Op. 94

6 German Dances D820


Lars Vogt (piano)

Following Lars Vogt's hugely popular solo debut recording of Bach'sGoldberg Variations on Ondine the pianist's new solo recording featuresmuch-loved piano works by Franz Schubert (1797-1828).

The Impromptus D 899, Six German Dances D 820 and the famous Moments musicaux were written when Schubert was at the height of his maturity andthey contain some of his most well-known pieces for the piano.

“Throughout, Vogt’s playing brings out the extreme dynamic contrasts, the frequent accents, and the astonishing inventiveness of Schubert’s harmonies. A feast.” Sunday Times, 27th November 2016

“Now this is what I like to hear: vivid declamation of material that I’ve known and loved for years, but which in the hands of a pianist – no, a musician – like Lars Vogt suddenly emerges as fresh-minted…ebb and flow, whether on a dangerous sea-bound current or in calmer climes, seems to me the very essence of Vogt’s approach to this wonderful music, and I loved it” Classical Ear, 25th November 2016 *****

“There’s no doubting the high quality of the pianism – and Ondine’s sound is beautifully resonant and realistic. Much of the playing is forthright and determined. There is some quiet playing of lovely stillness, too, such as in the wistful pianissimo major-key passages in the First Impromptu” Gramophone Magazine, December 2016

“The playing is unaffected and moving [in] the Moments Musicaux” BBC Music Magazine, January 2017 ***

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Schubert: Complete Impromptus (Version for Harp)

Schubert: Complete Impromptus (Version for Harp)


Schubert:

4 Impromptus, D899

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4 Impromptus, D935

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Margit Süß-Schellenberger (harp)

At the age of 20 she became principal harp of the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra in Hamburg and was among the young soloists selected nationwide by the Deutsche Musikrat, which brought her numerous concert engagements. She also played as a guest for many years with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and for more than 10 years with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (at that time under the direction of Herbert von Karajan and Claudio Abbado), where she played under all the great conductors, and participated on numerous CD recordings. For more than 20 years, she has performed with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra during the Salzburg Easter Festival.

As a concerto soloist she has performed with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Claudio Abbado, the National Orchestra of Lyon under Emanuel Krivine, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra under David Shallon, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the Heilbronn Chamber Orchestra, the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, and the North German Radio Orchestra Hanover among others.

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Schubert & Liszt: Excursions

Schubert & Liszt: Excursions


Liszt:

Vallée d'Obermann (Années de pèlerinage I, S. 160 No. 6)

Wandererfantasie (Schubert), S366

Schubert:

4 Impromptus, D899


Teo Gheorghiu (piano)

Musikkollegium Winterthur, Douglas Boyd

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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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31st October 2011

GGramophone Awards 2012

Finalist - Instrumental

GGramophone Magazine

Disc of the Month - February 2012

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Schubert - Impromptus

Schubert - Impromptus


Schubert:

4 Impromptus, D899

4 Impromptus, D935


We had the immense pleasure of recording Alexei Lubimov in Haarlem in the summer of 2009. From his Moscow premieres of John Cage and Terry Riley in 1968, by way of the Moscow Baroque Quartet of the 1970s and the avant-garde festival ‘Alternativa’ founded in 1988, to Schubert on period instruments in Haarlem in 2009 and a class on period and modern instruments at the Moscow Conservatory as well as a fortepiano class at the Salzburg Mozarteum - History with a capital H has loomed large in his life: through the era of the Iron Curtain, artistic isolation and the KGB via perestroika to the world of today. We met a man aged sixty-five, still alert, with an immense sensibility and an exceptionally open mind which enables him to run the gamut from Schubert to Silvestrov, Arvo Pärt, and Scriabin.

Alexei Lubimov belongs to the great russian tradition of musicians such as Richter, Gilels (Lubimov was one of the last student of Heinrich Neuhaus in Moscow) and to this generation of baroque pioneers together with Gustav Leonhardt, Juijken... He is also a major artist playing russian composers such as Denisov, Schnittke, Silvestrov... and Arvo Pärt...

Alexei Lubimov developed his outstanding international carrier with these three cultures in mind. He was in Brussels in 1968 to play Denisov piano pieces where he met the Kuijken brothers. He played John Cage and Terry Riley during the Soviet Union time. In the 70s, he created the Moscow Baroque Quartet with whom they discovered baroque music on period instruments. In the 80s, he created the avant-gardiste festival : Alternativa in Moscow together with a unique department of keyboards (old and new) at the Moscow Conservatory... Alexei Lubimov is also a teacher of pianoforte at the Salzbourg Mozarteum.

These impromptus 2010 bring a new interpretation, refined and powered by 20 years of praxis on period instruments and modern instruments, between tradition and avant-garde, Russia and Europe.

“...this is altogether a beautiful recital by a master-pianist and while there's no shortage of fine recordings of these famous pieces, there has been none in my experience to equal Lubimov on instruments of Schubert's great day.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2010 *****

“Lubimov's C minor Impromptu boasts powerful dynamic surging...his curvaceous rubatos and accentuations lend interest to the A flat minor” Gramophone Magazine, August 2010

“This disc is not just a sonic exhibition...but a series of deeply satisfying, expressive performances.” Sunday Times, 21st February 2010 ****

“Educated in the Soviet school of vividly coloured pianism, Alexei Lubimov brings muscularity and vision to the fortepiano.It took five years just to find the right instruments for this recording...and the result is breathtaking.” The Independent on Sunday, 14th February 2010

“Alexei Lubimov pitched muscular pianism against the delicate fortepianos of Müller and Schantz in his peerless recording of Schubert's Impromptus, my disc of the year.” The Independent on Sunday, 26th December 2010

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Schubert - Impromptus & Moments Musicaux

Schubert - Impromptus & Moments Musicaux


Schubert:

Moments Musicaux (6), D780, Op. 94

Allegretto in C minor, D915

4 Impromptus, D899


David Fray (piano)

After his Bach concertos, a classical bestseller in both France and Germany, the young French pianist David Fray brings his unique sensibilities to Schubert. David Fray has already declared his particular affinity with Austro-German music, and after two CDs featuring Bach (and a DVD featuring him in Bach concertos) he now turns to the early Romantic era and Schubert, with a programme of the six Moments musicaux D780, the four Impromptus D899 and the Allegretto in C minor D915, recorded in Berlin.

His approach to the music is typically questioning and illuminating. “At the piano,” he told the French magazine Pianiste, “I try to make music like a conductor, not just as a pianist. I approach the score as if it is a reduction of a symphonic work. The piano constitutes a way of getting nearer the heart of the music. How do you balance the voices? How do you find a progression in a movement? How do you put the polyphony in place?… It’s much more interesting to study Bach’s approach to the orchestra in the Magnificat or the Christmas Oratorio than to read books on how to play Bach on the piano. Each time I approach a new score, I ask myself how the composer would have written it if he hadn’t decided on the piano. Take Schubert’s first impromptu, for instance: it starts like a reduction of an orchestral score: a tutti chord and then the melody is presented on its own, as if on a flute. Then the winds take up the theme before the strings make their entry. Most of the work comprises three or four independent lines which sing together – a cello ostinato, counterpoint harmony in the violas, say, and the winds above it.”

His recording of Bach concertos, released last November, has now sold over 40,000 copies in France and Germany, singling him out as a pianist to watch. The French magazine Le Monde de la musique said: “The interpretation is always generous, enthusiastic and rich in contrasts. The fast movements appeal with their healthy energy, exuberant humour in their finales and lyricism throughout. No moments of tension stiffen the pianist’s phrases and he gives free rein to the sound,” while the German news magazine Spiegel described Fray as “perhaps the most inspired, certainly the most original Bach-player of his generation … He discovers more psychological depth, more well-rounded stories and more refined emotions than his colleagues … His approach is lyrical, flexible, elegant and instilled with a cultivated bel canto aesthetic.”

“…a Schubert disc of the rarest distinction. …few pianists have been more acutely sensitive to Schubert's complex inner world, one where an often pained and world-weary quality is thinly disguised by outward geniality.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2009

“What's immediately striking about his Schubert playing is its refinement, and variety of colour. In the melancholy unaccompanied theme that brings the first of the Impromptus, for instance, you can almost hear the plaintive sound of an oboe; while in No. 3 - a song without words in all but name - Fray allows the melody to sing in a genuine pianissimo, by making the inner-voice accompaniment sound like the murmur of a clarinet playing in its dark chalumeau register. This is altogether some of the most beautiful pianissimo playing you're likely to hear... is a memorable recital, and no Schubert-lover should miss this.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2009

“...sheer lucidity and polish...exceptional command of colour and touch...In many respects it's pianism of the highest class.” The Guardian, 21st January 2010 ***

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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: Ländlers, Waltzes & Impromptus

Schubert: Ländlers, Waltzes & Impromptus


Schubert:

4 Impromptus, D899

Moments Musicaux, D780: No. 2 in A flat

Moments Musicaux, D780: No. 3 in F minor

Moments Musicaux, D780: No. 4 in C sharp minor

Moments Musicaux, D780: No. 5 in F minor

Impromptu in F Minor, D935 No. 1

Impromptu in A flat major, D935 No. 2

and Vera Gornostaeva's Suite on 15 Schubert Waltzes


Vera Gornostaeva (piano)

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