Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 15 in C major, D840 'Reliquie'

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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: Piano Sonatas Nos. 15 & 17

Schubert: Piano Sonatas Nos. 15 & 17


Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 15 in C major, D840 'Reliquie'

Piano Sonata No. 17 in D major, D850

6 German Dances D820

Hungarian Melody in B minor D817


Shai Wosner (piano)

Shai Wosner’s second release for ONYX after his critically acclaimed Brahms and Schoenberg debut disc (ONYX4055) of 2010. For his all Schubert programme Wosner has chosen two late sonatas. The monumental but unfinished two-movement torso D840, and the genial D850 written at a time in the composers life when he was without money, out of love, and involved with rows with his publishers. This work was one of the few sonatas to be published during his lifetime, and finally he earned 300 florins. Schumann described this sonata as ‘impetuous, overflowing’ It is one of Schubert’s happiest works, in start contrast to the stark and monolithic D840.

“Wosner's performance, with its extremes of dynamics, glistening pianissimos followed by thunderous fortissimos, certainly projects [a] sense of something epic, while making a link to late Beethoven, and to his last sonata, Op 111, in particular.” The Guardian, 29th September 2011 ***

“His playing of the German Dances has a muscularity and a lovely transparency, while the Hungarian Melody has an exquisite soulfulness. But what strikes the listener from the first few bars of the Sonata which opens this recording...is the aristocratic grace of Wosner's tone, and his expressive shades of staccato.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 *****

“With this recital Shai Wosner declares himself a Schubertian of unfaltering authority and character. Entirely modern in style (tonally lean and sharply focused, never given to easy or sentimental options), he relishes every twist and turn in the so-called Reliquie Sonata...Wosner rivets your attention at every point. He also shows a high degree of charm and affection in the German Dances and the Hungarian Melody” Gramophone Magazine, January 2012

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Instrumental Choice - December 2011

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Schubert Live - Volume 3

Schubert Live - Volume 3


Schubert:

Ländler (12) D790

Piano Sonata No. 14 in A minor, D784

Hungarian Melody in B minor D817

Piano Sonata No. 15 in C major, D840 'Reliquie'

4 Impromptus, D899

Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960

Allegretto in C minor, D915


Pianist Imogen Cooper continues her critically acclaimed Schubert Live series with the third 2-CD release of the composer’s late piano music, recorded live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

The highly respected and acclaimed pianist Imogen Cooper is enjoying something of a renaissance with her ongoing series of Schubert’s solo piano works on Avie. International accolades for the recordings abound, from NPR to the BBC, Gramophone to the New York Times. Imogen continues her exploration of the composer’s late piano music with Volume 3, recorded live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in December 2009.

Schubert was the ultimate romantic and Imogen brings out the full spectrum of his complex and colourful compositions, from the gentle German Dances, D790, and pearl-like Impromptus, D899, to the turbulent A minor Sonata, D 784, and mighty B flat Sonata, D960. Imogen says: “I’m not afraid of being described as a Schubert specialist,” even though her active repertoire ranges from Bach to Thomas Adès. “He has taken up a lot of my waking time for more than 30 years. In fact, you could say that his songs and his piano music have sometimes been close to an obsession for me.” It is more than 20 years since Cooper made a live and recorded survey of all the piano music Schubert composed from early 1823 until his death in 1828 at the age of 31. “One of the reasons I’ve taken it all up again is that I feel it ten times more strongly than I did 20 years ago: the message has become more direct to me. Schubert has become even more necessary to my well-being, and I sense strongly that he is important for an audience’s well-being too.”

“Cooper's sensitivity to the new light shed by remote keys is unfailing, and above all she tells the strange adventure of Schubert's most tormented A minor Sonata with unerring judgment. For this account alone, the latest instalment is indispensable.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2010 ****

“the poise of Cooper’s playing holds one breathless...Cooper’s sense of rightness of colour and her exquisite balancing of textures fully justify her reputation as one of the great Schubertians of our time.” Sunday Times, 16th May 2010 ****

“Imogen Cooper...offers a near-perfect balance of head and heart in Schubert, her expressive technique and musical personality wholly in the service of the composer...I shall treasure this performance of the G flat Impromptu, a miracle of heartfelt cantabile playing that made my eyes burn.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2010

“Cooper's articulation is precise, her tempi poised, the architecture clean, the colours cool to chilly. C minor brings out the best in her. The bittersweet Allegretto and blazing first Impromptu the most arresting works in a performance of clarity and integrity.” The Independent on Sunday, 1st August 2010

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Schubert - Piano Sonatas Nos. 15 & 20

Schubert - Piano Sonatas Nos. 15 & 20


Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 15 in C major, D840 'Reliquie'

Piano Sonata No. 20 in A major, D959


Severin von Eckardstein (Schimmel piano)

After Glazunov’s first concerto with the National Orchestra of Belgium and Walter Weller, Severin von Eckardstein returns to Fuga Libera for a solo Schubert recital. Eckardstein, an incredible fearless virtuoso, who also contributes his own booklet note, is ideally suited to the monumental D959 and unusually gives us the Sonata No. 17, 'Reliquie', left unfinished in 1825 when Schubert moved on to D845.

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Alfred Brendel plays Schubert

Alfred Brendel plays Schubert


Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 19 in C minor, D958

Piano Sonata No. 15 in C major, D840 'Reliquie'

16 German Dances D783


“This recording (from Vanguard Classics) captures most of what makes Brendel's Schubert so special: an awareness of the composer's other-worldly dimensions that haunt as if from beyond the grave.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2009 *****

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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

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Also Recommended - March 2007

Philips Artist's Choice - 4757191

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Ernst Krenek: Piano Music, Volume One

Ernst Krenek: Piano Music, Volume One


Krenek:

Piano Sonata No. 4, Op. 114

George Washington’s Variations, Op. 120

Prelude, WoO87

Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 15 in C major, D840 'Reliquie'

compl. Krenek


Stanislav Khristenko (piano)

Toccata Classics is beginning an extended collaboration with the Ernst Krenek Institut in Krems, Austria, to release a number of recordings of the music of the Austrian-born composer Ernst Krenek (1900–92), who lived the last sixty years of his life in Californian exile.

This first extended survey of Krenek’s piano music opens with his Fourth Sonata of 1948, which revisits the graceful elegance of the First Viennese School in the style of the Second. It continues with the witty George Washington Variations and the first recording of a brief Prelude written for the Swiss patron of music, Werner Reinhart. It concludes with Krenek’s completed version of Schubert’s unfinished Piano Sonata in C major, D840.

The next Krenek CD from Toccata Classics will present chamber music and songs.

The Ukrainian-born Stanislav Khristenko has won top prizes at some of the most prestigious international piano competitions. In 2013 alone he won First Prize at the 2013 Cleveland International Piano Competition, First Prize at the 2013 Maria Canals International Music Competition, and was named Fourth Laureate at the 2013 Queen Elisabeth Competition.. His performance highlights include solo recitals in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Schubertsaal in Vienna, Phillips Collection in Washington; and performances with orchestra in Grosser Hall of Berlin Philharmonie, Severance Hall in Cleveland, the Large Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire and Hong Kong City Hall.

“Khristenko's playing offers suitably cool clarity; he articulates lines for melodic eloquence even when that melodic quality is not obvious, and maintains an admirable lightness of touch.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2015

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Franz Schubert: 16 German Dances, Op. 33, D783, Piano Sonata No. 15 in C major, D840 "Reliquie" & 10 Variations in F major, D156

Franz Schubert: 16 German Dances, Op. 33, D783, Piano Sonata No. 15 in C major, D840 "Reliquie" & 10 Variations in F major, D156


Schubert:

16 German Dances D783

Piano Sonata No. 15 in C major, D840 'Reliquie'

10 Variations in F major for piano, D156 (1815)


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Mozart, Beethoven & Schubert: Piano Sonatas

Mozart, Beethoven & Schubert: Piano Sonatas


Beethoven:

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

Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor, K457

Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 15 in C major, D840 'Reliquie'


Summit Meeting

Claudius Tanski, a piano magician with a fine-tuned touch, has chosen a very personal theme for his newest recital: three sonatas in C, all of them from the towering heights of the piano literature, have been brought into fascinating interrelation. Since Mozart’s C minor sonata, Beethoven’s op. 111, and Schubert’s “Reliquie” occupy such a unique place in the overall oeuvre of their creators, this eight- thousand-meters-plus experience has to be experienced at a high altitude – on a 3-D recording in original MDG 2 2 2 sound on a Super Audio CD.

Rapid Climb

Mozart composed a mere two sonatas in minor keys, and the one in C minor is something very special. The opening triad shoots up like a rocket, and until the coda of the first movement (for him a quite lengthy ending) he essentially limits himself to it. In the middle movement, in a clearly lighter E flat major, the Viennese whiz travels all around the circle of fifths; to A flat major, of course, but the tonal spectrum extends even to the extremely unusual key of G flat major, before the initial C minor gains dominance in the finale, charged with energy and marked by rhythmic syncopation.

Musical Milestone

Beethoven’s Piano Sonata op. 111, his last such work, points far into the musical future. Even its beginning makes us prick up our ears: Is this manly muscular statement really still Viennese classicism? Or isn’t Franz Liszt already peering around the corner? It is not without reason that great artists like Thomas Mann have occupied themselves with what is music literature’s most enigmatic milestone. The concluding second movement is especially remarkable: the grand master of motivic elaboration increasingly condenses the “Arietta” theme until all that remains is a never-ending trill chain in many voices – an immense challenge for all pianists and mastered by Claudius Tanski on the “Manfred Bürki” Steinway D from 1901 with sovereign skill and a flawless feel for the smallest tonal nuances.

Peak Performance

Since Franz Schubert did not finish his Sonata in C, it later came to be known as the “Reliquie.” Its extant parts do complete justice to this designation and have tempted some composers and pianists to try to complete it. Claudius Tanski has taken a different route: he lets the impressive fragment speak for itself, fully conscious of the complexity of final movements in Schubert’s late oeuvre, again coming into view in the “Reliquie” but then not carried on to completion. Did the composer have his scruples about taking the next step? Tanski leaves this question open in free playing engaging the imagination of listeners captivated by this Super Audio CD produced in the finest MDG quality.

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Schubert: Wanderer Fantasie & Sonata D840 ’Reliquie’

Schubert: Wanderer Fantasie & Sonata D840 ’Reliquie’


Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 15 in C major, D840 'Reliquie'

Fantasie in C major, D760 'Wanderer'


The great pianist Paul Badura-Skoda presents two milestones of piano literature and the most important works by Franz Schubert in this genre: the monumental four-movement ‘Wanderer Fantasia’ in C major D 760 and the pioneering, unfinished and hence posthumously published Sonata in C major D 840 ‘Reliquie’.

Paul Badura-Skoda’s intensive study of Schubert’s oeuvre and the preserved fragments of the third and fourth movements as well as of Viennese Classicism in general led to this completion of the great sonata. Badura-Skoda’s additions are kept entirely in Schubert’s style, so that the transitions take place flowingly and no stylistic ruptures can be discerned.

“Veteran Austrian pianist Badura-Skoda brings a surprising lightness of touch to the outer sections of the Wanderer Fantasy, but the Sonata is projected with a greater range of colours.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2015 ***

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