Schubert: Impromptu in G flat major, D899 No. 3

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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 Also from the 1942 sessions are the previously unpublished Schubert Impromptus D 899, a significant addition to Schnabel’s discography.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.).

“Barry Douglas has always been his own man, an artist with a generous heart who thinks and plays big. His mixture of the darkly brooding and the urgently fiery makes for a temperament to conjure with: he can paint still waters, ravish shadows, and scale the Eiger… Celtic bard meeting Viennese poet, the dreamer and the storyteller, makes this second volume of Douglas’s Schubert edition for Chandos as individually nuanced as anything in his Beethoven and Brahms outings… Magisterial.” classicalsource.com, April 2017 *****

“the Impromptus D899 are played with style and elegance…No 2 flows seamlessly with admirable technique and polish.” Pianist Magazine, April 2017 ***

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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.

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

“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

“Lars Vogt plays them so convincingly, with both considerable elegance and the immediate drama which is such a prerequisite in late Schubert…Vogt is a master at drawing out the drama in Schubert, and these four impromptus offer eloquent proof of that mastery.” Pianist Magazine, April 2017 ****

“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

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Piano Daydreams

Piano Daydreams


Bach, J S:

Prelude & Fugue Book 1 No. 1 in C major, BWV846: Prelude

Hélène Grimaud (piano)

Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight': Adagio sostenuto

Daniel Barenboim (piano)

Brahms:

Intermezzo in E flat major, Op. 117 No. 1

Wilhelm Kempff (piano)

Chopin:

Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9 No. 2

Daniel Barenboim (piano)

Nocturne No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 15 No. 2

Daniel Barenboim (piano)

Prelude Op. 28 No. 4 in E minor

Martha Argerich (piano)

Prelude Op. 28 No. 7 in A major

Martha Argerich (piano)

Debussy:

Préludes - Book 1: No. 8, La fille aux cheveux de lin

Dino Ciani (piano)

Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)

Alexis Weissenberg (piano)

Grieg:

Lyric Pieces Op. 43: No. 6 - To Spring

Mikhail Pletnev (piano)

Lyric Pieces Op. 54: No. 4 - Nocturne

Andrei Gavrilov (piano)

Liszt:

Consolation, S. 172 No. 3 in D flat major

Daniel Barenboim (piano)

Liebestraum, S541 No. 3 (Nocturne in A flat major)

Yundi Li (piano)

Mendelssohn:

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

Daniel Barenboim (piano)

Song without Words, Op. 30 No. 6 in F sharp minor 'Venezianisches Gondellied No. 2'

Daniel Barenboim (piano)

Rachmaninov:

Prelude Op. 23 No. 4 in D major

Lazar Berman (piano)

Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 in G sharp minor

Lilya Zilberstein (piano)

Satie:

Gymnopédie No. 1

Jean-Marc Luisada (piano)

Schubert:

Impromptu in G flat major, D899 No. 3

Daniel Barenboim (piano)

Schumann:

Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Träumerei

Lang Lang (piano)


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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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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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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

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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

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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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Dinu Lipatti plays Bach, Scarlatti, Mozart & Schubert

Dinu Lipatti plays Bach, Scarlatti, Mozart & Schubert


Bach, J S:

Partita No. 1 in B flat major, BWV825

Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K310

Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K380 in E major

Keyboard Sonata K9 in D minor

Schubert:

Impromptu in E flat major, D899 No. 2

Impromptu in G flat major, D899 No. 3


Dinu Lipatti (piano)

“God lent the world His chosen instrument, whom we called Dinu Lipatti, for too brief a space,” said the legendary recording producer Walter Legge of the sublime Romanian pianist, who died aged just 33 in 1950. A musician of poetry, grace and finesse, whose playing was described as ‘perfection’ by Alfred Cortot, he chose to focus on a carefully defined repertoire – in this recital, works by Bach, Scarlatti, Mozart, Schubert and Chopin.

“This key part of Lipatti's small recorded legacy incluees some of the most cherished of all piano recordings. Lipatti's seminal Bach Partita No. 1 sits alongside his supreme Scarlatti, Mozart and Schubert. Timeless.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2015 *****

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Mikhael Pletnev in Person

Mikhael Pletnev in Person


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 2 No. 2

Busoni:

Transcription of Bach's Partita BWV 1004: Chaconne

Chopin:

A maiden's love (words S. Witwicki), Op. 74, No. 5

Chopin/Liszt

Schubert:

Impromptu in C minor, D899 No. 1

Impromptu in G flat major, D899 No. 3

Tchaikovsky:

Nocturne for cello & small orchestra (or cello & piano), Op. 19 No. 4

The Seasons, Op. 37b: November (Troika)


A treat for fans of Pletnev the pianist and piano enthusiasts. Recorded in single takes in between sessions for other recordings but with the red light left on, these performances capture one the great pianists of our time simply playing for himself. Never before released, the performances and recordings have been approved by Mikhail Pletnev for release.

The Beethoven sonata is a work he has not recorded before, and the Bach/Busoni Chaconne recording pre-dates his famous ‘Live from Carnegie Hall’ album. The Schubert Impromptus were recorded at Rachmaninov’s villa in Switzerland on the composer’s own Steinway. This CD allows us to eavesdrop on a great artist playing for pleasure – for himself whilst the recording technicians busied themselves with the ‘official’ recording. The spontaneous nature of the playing is captivating and, as always with Pletnev, exciting.

“This disc is a reminder of what we've been missing and of the qualities that make him a leading pianist of our time...The playing is wonderfully alive, sometimes dazzling. As ever with Pletnev, there are details that won't be to all tastes...But there's no doubting the inquiring musical mind behind it, or the quality of the pianism” The Guardian, 24th October 2013 ****

“Sensational. Unique. In a realm all their own. Now words are really apt here...The most obvious feature of the playing here is the artist's unfettered imagination - a currently unfashionable commodity. In the end though, this is the least of it. Pletnev simply sees in the score essentials which most musicians miss.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2014 *****

“The long line is Pletnev's starting point. However undulant he feels it need be, however delicate or powerful he feels it need be, it is always an integral part of the form and rhythm of a piece...the kind of musicianship that makes the odd foible irrelevant, even meaningless.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2014

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