Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 19 in C minor, D958

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Schubert: Piano Sonatas, D. 845 & 958

Schubert: Piano Sonatas, D. 845 & 958


Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 16 in A minor, D845

Piano Sonata No. 19 in C minor, D958


Louis Schwizgebel (piano)

In this eagerly awaited solo album for the enterprising Aparté label, Louis Schwizgebel appropriates two gems of piano repertoire: Sonata D845 (no. 16) in A minor, considered the first of Schubert's maturity, impresses with the mastery of its structure and its expressive power. Worthy of a symphony, D958 in C minor, 19th out of the 21 that he composed, symbolises the mastery of the composer, freed from the weight of his admiration for Beethoven.

Enhanced by recording quality featuring an extraordinary harmonic palette that will delight the most demanding audiophile, this project promises to be one of the finest piano CDs of the year. Louis Schwizgebel makes his debut in the International Piano Series on December 2nd at St Johns Smith Square, playing Sonata D958 and discussing his programme in the free pre-concert talk. The Swiss pianist won second prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2012, and soon afterwards became one of the BBC’s New Generation Artists. Acclaimed by The Guardian as "a pianist with a profound gift", he presents music by some of the piano repertoire’s greatest composers.

“Schwizgebel is in full command, avoiding the point-making that often intrudes in accounts of this music, but subtle enough not to make one weary…if you don’t know these two works, this disc is an admirable and very well-recorded introduction to them” BBC Music Magazine, February 2017 ****

“His clarity, matched by Aparté’s engineering, doesn’t mean a lack of weight of force, his patience doesn’t preclude excitement, and the pearly delicacy Schwizgebel gets from his instrument’s higher register doesn’t mean decorousness, not least because he peppers his light textures with mischievous, stinging accents…a refreshing and rewarding disc” Gramophone Magazine, December 2016

“It’s wonderful to see him [Schwizgebel] tackling Schubert … he should have opened with the A minor Sonata where we hear more of the limpid, near-transparent piano tone he so successfully makes his own. The heartbreaking ending of the A minor is unfolded magically” Pianist Magazine, December 2016 ***

Aparté - AP133

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Schubert: The Late Piano Sonatas

Schubert: The Late Piano Sonatas


Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 14 in A minor, D784

recorded 2013

Piano Sonata No. 19 in C minor, D958

recorded 2013

Piano Sonata No. 20 in A major, D959

recorded 2002 (re-issue)

Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960

recorded 2002 (re-issue)


Paul Lewis (piano)

Paul Lewis is today regarded as one of the leading pianists of his generation, having won the most coveted prizes of the great classical institutions, for both his concert career and his recordings on harmonia mundi, topped by three Gramophone Awards including Record of the Year in 2008. He is also the first pianist in the history of the BBC Proms to have played the complete Beethoven concertos in a single season (2010). Early in 2011, Paul Lewis embarked on a two-year concert tour devoted to the works written by Schubert in the last six years of his life. Now completed, he has played in London, New York, Chicago, Tokyo, Melbourne, Rotterdam, Bologna, Florence and at the Schwarzenberg Schubertiade and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris.

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“While there's no doubt about the virtuosity and authority of Lewis's playing, there's certainly nothing superficially flashy about his performance either...throughout these sonatas I sensed a deeply considered performance where the primary concern was merely letting this extraordinary music speak for itself.” Presto Classical, 12th May 2014

“It almost goes without saying that this is piano playing of the highest calibre, to which the recorded sound does full justice. Yet I do have reservations about his choice of repeats...Lewis's is by far the best realisiations of [the slow movement off D959] that I have ever heard.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2014 ****

“Lewis is one of the best pianists I know for delivering both explosiveness of drama and the kind of melting expressiveness which draws you in, but without losing that inner core of strength which raises Schubert from genteel picturesqueness into an artist of granite stature.” MusicWeb International, 16th June 2014

Presto Disc of the Week

12th May 2014

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Harmonia Mundi - HMC902165/66

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Paul Lewis: Sonata

Paul Lewis: Sonata


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 'Pathetique'

Piano Sonata No. 25 in G major, Op. 79

Liszt:

La Lugubre Gondola II, S200 No. 2

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 19 in C minor, D958

Piano Sonata No. 20 in A major, D959


Paul Lewis (piano)

Harmonia Mundi Initiales - HMX2908456/57

(CD - 2 discs)

$12.00

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Schubert - Piano Sonatas Nos. 19 & 21

Schubert - Piano Sonatas Nos. 19 & 21


Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 19 in C minor, D958

Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960


Alto - ALC1074

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Schubert Live - Volume 2

Schubert Live - Volume 2


Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 19 in C minor, D958

Moments Musicaux (6), D780, Op. 94

16 German Dances D783

Piano Sonata No. 18 in G major, D894

4 Impromptus, D935


Pianist Imogen Cooper follows her critically acclaimed ‘Schubert Live, Volume One’, with the second 2-CD release in her ongoing series of Schubert’s late piano music, recorded live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Imogen Cooper’s Schubert Live, Volume One (AV2156) was a runaway success both critically and commercially. An already highly respected artist found her profile, both in the media and at retail, raised to new heights. Imogen continues her exploration of Schubert’s late piano music with the second volume in her ongoing series for AVIE, recorded live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Her selection for Volume Two reflects the public appetite, in the late 1820s, for shorter piano pieces, which resulted in Six Moments Musicaux, D780 and Four Impromptus, D 935. Even the publisher of Schubert’s G major Sonata, D894, described the work as a ‘Fantasy, Andante, Menuetto and Allegretto’, knowing that marketing the work as individual character pieces would generate healthier sales.

“…Imogen Cooper is second to none in Schubert. The sound she so carefully makes is a glorious companion throughout, casting radiance on the first two Moments musicaux, the spellbinding last of the four impromptus, and even a rare moment of transcendence in the otherwise straightforward if well sprung German Dances. ...she finds her own independent way with the opening of the C minor Sonata, strong and surprisingly buoyant with lovely staccatos and later magical enharmonic transformations. The tour de force of the final tarantella, following on the heels of the elusive minuet, never palls in its mercurial variety, and the slip into B major is a glimpse into a strange new world, a little touch of heaven.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2010 *****

“These two CDs contain some of the most wonderful Schubert-playing I have ever heard. …one thing Cooper can do is make the piano sing… Colours are gracefully shaded, dynamics are artfully controlled and contained; there are no intrusive idiosyncrasies... to detract from the enchantment. ...there is throughout a serenity and poise to the playing which is pure balm for the soul. Here is a great artist of taste and integrity.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2010

“the piano could not be more naturally captured, nor the feeling of live music-making conveyed to the listener. She displays a very special feeling for the composer's lyricism, and the warm colouring and fine shading of timbre are as pleasing to the ear as the many subtle nuances of phrasing, and her bold sonority at higher dynamic levels is particularly satisfying.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

“Every note amply justifies Cooper’s Schubertian credentials. She maintains perfect balance between intellect and emotion, tuning into what the Germans call Sehnsucht — a kind of longing — and subtly delineating shades of light and dark...Outstanding.” Sunday Times, 22nd November 2009 ****

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - January 2010

Avie - AV2157

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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 *****

Alto - ALC1040

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Schubert - Piano Sonatas

Schubert - Piano Sonatas


Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 19 in C minor, D958

Piano Sonata No. 14 in A minor, D784


Paul Lewis (piano)

“Even now, when the greatness of Schubert’s mature piano sonatas is unchallenged, the C minor is, for some reason, neglected, at least when compared with the other two sonatas composed in the final year of his life. Yet it is fully their equal, as Paul Lewis’s passionate performance movingly reminds us. He might have found a leaner texture for the first movement’s spectral coda, though I am loath to cavil at playing so fine and so responsive to the wealth of invention — playing at once spacious and implacably rhythmic. His account of the enigmatic A minor is no less masterly.” Sunday Times, 20th July 2008 ****

Harmonia Mundi Musique d'Abord - HMA1951755

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Schubert - The Last Three Piano Sonatas

Schubert - The Last Three Piano Sonatas


Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960

Klavierstücke (3), D946

Piano Sonata No. 19 in C minor, D958

Piano Sonata No. 20 in A major, D959


“These classic 1970s recordings find Brendel as full of energy and humour as of beauty and feeling. Throughout, his playing is wondrous.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2009

“Brendel's account of the B flat Sonata is characteristically imposing and full of insight, as one would expect; moreover he is at his very finest in the Klavierstücke. This is eloquent and profoundly musical playing.” Penguin Guide, 2010 edition **/*

Building a Library

First Choice - June 2006

Decca Duo - 4387032

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Schubert - Ran Jia

Schubert - Ran Jia


Daqun:

Three Preludes for Solo Piano

Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 19 in C minor, D958

Piano Sonata No. 16 in A minor, D845


Ran Jia (piano)

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RCA - 88985407002

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Schubert

Schubert


Daqun:

Three Preludes for Solo Piano

Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 19 in C minor, D958

Piano Sonata No. 16 in A minor, D845


Ran Jia (piano)

Released or re-released in last 6 months

RCA - G010003653220W

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