Schubert: 4 Impromptus, D899 (Op. 90)

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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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Chandos - CHAN10933

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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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Ondine - ODE12852

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Grigory Sokolov: Live at the Berlin Philharmonie

Grigory Sokolov: Live at the Berlin Philharmonie


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106 'Hammerklavier'

Brahms:

Intermezzo in B flat minor, Op. 117 No. 2

Rameau:

Les tendres plaintes

Pièces de Clavecin 1724: Les Tourbillons

Les Cyclopes

La follette

Les Sauvages

Schubert:

4 Impromptus, D899

Klavierstücke (3), D946


Experience Grigory Sokolov – „probably the best live pianist of our days“ (Berliner Morgenpost) – in a filmed concert praised to the skies by critics.

The completely sold out concert took place on 5 June 2013 in the Philaharmonie Berlin, which is known for its exquisite acoustics.

Acclaimed French film-maker Bruno Monsaingeon (Profile on IMDb) is well known for his documentaries about iconic pianists Glenn Gould (Glenn Gould – Hereafter), Sviatoslav Richter (Richter – The Enigma) and Mauricio Pollini (De main de maître ).

In the director’s notes to this new Sokolov film, Monsaingeon writes:

“Sokolov himself believes that the concert represents the focal point of musical life and that everything else is artificial. As a result, he is not only reluctant to be recorded but also to be filmed.

In spite of this, we were able to overcome his reservations on this point of principle (…). The idea of filming a public recital was accepted a first time in 2002 (Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Paris) and the second time at the Berlin Philharmonie on 5 June 2013.

The filming was made live with 7 cameras, with no retakes and with nothing to detract from his total concentration, which is directed solely at the music.”

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Format: NTSC

DG - 0735250

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Schubert: Complete Impromptus (Version for Harp)

Schubert: Complete Impromptus (Version for Harp)


Schubert:

4 Impromptus, D899

Version for Harp

4 Impromptus, D935

Version for Harp


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.

Solo Musica - C130205

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Grigory Sokolov plays Schubert & Beethoven

Grigory Sokolov plays Schubert & Beethoven


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106 'Hammerklavier'

Ex Salzburg Festival, 23 August 2013

Brahms:

Intermezzo in B flat minor, Op. 117 No. 2

encore. Ex Salzburg Festival, 23 August 2013

Rameau:

Les tendres plaintes

encore. Ex Salzburg Festival, 23 August 2013

Pièces de Clavecin 1724: Les Tourbillons

encore. Ex Salzburg Festival, 23 August 2013

Les Cyclopes

encore. Ex Salzburg Festival, 23 August 2013

La follette

encore. Ex Salzburg Festival, 23 August 2013

Les Sauvages

encore. Ex Salzburg Festival, 23 August 2013

Schubert:

4 Impromptus, D899

Ex Warsaw Philharmonie, live recording 12 May 2013

Klavierstücke (3), D946

Ex Warsaw Philharmonie, live recording 12 May 2013


Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

Grigory Sokolov is an exceptional artist. He is regarded as one of the world’s leading pianists and adored by his audience in sold-out concerts – dedicated to his art, and nothing else.

His debut album on Deutsche Grammophon “Salzburg Recital” was a huge success and is the best-selling frontline core classical release this year to date.

With Schubert & Beethoven we have another hit in our hands: Grigory Sokolov plays late masterworks by Schubert, including the much-loved Impromptus, and Beethoven’s mighty “Hammerklavier” Sonata, finishing with six impeccable encores by Rameau and Brahms

This outstanding recital is culled from concerts in Warsaw and Salzburg. Salzburger Nachrichten claimed: “Wherever he plays, the utopia of ultimate satisfaction is closer than ever… “

An hour of Schubert comprising some of his best-loved piano music (the Impromptus in A flat and G flat major, with rippling arpeggios and timeless melodies), and three of his late piano works that search out the depths of his art (look at an excerpt here: https://youtu.be/oOVJBE5Utvc )

Beethoven’s longest piano sonata – one of the famous “late” sonatas – explores the whole range of the extended keyboard then available to him. It lasts over 45 minutes and is one of his most over-the-top works –with its huge fugal finale that has been known to drive listeners crazy. Sokolov has it all under control.

After Mozart & Chopin this new live recording is another pianistic landmark release.

“For me, part of what makes Sokolov such an extraordinary pianist is his use of rubato and his flexibility with tempo: the way he will fractionally delay the second beat of a bar so as to highlight an accent in the first Schubert Klavierstück, for instance, or the space he creates by extending the quaver rests at the end of each phrase of the fourth Impromptu just to give a lift to the music, is really something rather special.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, 15th January 2016

“spaciousness is [not] the most surprising aspect here…more challenging to many ears will be the steadiness of the E flat Impromptu and the liberally applied hesitations of the A flat. Allied to undoubted pianistic mastery, such unorthodoxy certainly commands attention [and there are] twinkling Rameau and dreamy Brahms encores” Gramophone Magazine

Presto Disc of the Week

15th January 2016

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DG - 4795426

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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

Sony - 88875010832

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Clifford Curzon plays Mozart & Schubert

Clifford Curzon plays Mozart & Schubert

Recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall & Usher Hall, September 1961


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major, K595

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult

Schubert:

4 Impromptus, D899

Moments Musicaux, D780: No. 3 in F minor


The performance of the Impromptus, D.899, heard here, confirms Curzon’s place as one of the great Schubert players of his generation. Indeed, the audience was so impressed that they couldn’t help applauding between each Impromptu. Not only does Curzon manage to play with a range of emotion, from limpid tenderness to controlled aggression, but his attention to the sound he produces from the piano never fails to impress. This was one of Curzon’s most salient attributes; for him the sound he made at the keyboard was paramount and it is his combination of cerebral interpretation, no doubt acquired in part from two years study with Artur Schnabel, coupled with his acute attention to sound, that made Curzon such a unique pianist.

Listening to the first Impromptu one can hear that it is not just the beauty of sound that Curzon is concerned with, but the balance between the hands, parts and voices, and the way the harmony of the left hand supports Schubert’s glorious melodies. Indeed, it is good to have Curzon in a live performance of this work as, although he recorded a short studio recital of works by Liszt and Schubert for the BBC in December 1961, he omitted the first and most substantial Impromptu playing only the last three.

One of the highlights of the 1961 Edinburgh Festival was Curzon’s performance of Mozart’s last Piano Concerto, K.595 in B flat. He later travelled to London to perform the work again at the Proms and it is this performance that is heard on this CD.

Curzon is supported by the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Sir Adrian Boult, who had not appeared at the Proms since 1958. The orchestral playing is at once smooth and elegant with string and wind playing beautifully shaped and phrased by the conductor, matching Curzon’s style to perfection.

Testament - SBT1486

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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

Harmonia Mundi - HMC902115/16

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Schubert: Complete Impromptus

Schubert: Complete Impromptus


Schubert:

4 Impromptus, D899

4 Impromptus, D935

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

Moments Musicaux, D780: No. 6 in A flat


Alto - ALC1109

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Schubert: Impromptus

Schubert: Impromptus


Schubert:

4 Impromptus, D899

4 Impromptus, D935


DG Galleria - E4158492

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