Schubert: Sonatas & Moments musicaux, Schiff (2-CD)

Schubert: Sonatas & Moments musicaux, Schiff (2-CD)

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Discs: 2
Record Label: ECM
Release Date:
April 7, 2015

“[Schiff] shows how [the fortepiano's] muted, delicate sound can transform Schubert for modern listeners. Two of the piano sonatas, the G Major, D. 894, and the late B-flat, D. 960, speak to us as if in an intimate tête-à-tête. The Moments musicaux, D. 780, and the 4 Impromptus, D. 935, smile with informal grace.” — Financial Times

Sir András Schiff’s reputation as one of the great interpreters of the work of Franz Schubert is long-established. He has always maintained that Schubert’s music is amongst the most moving ever written. Here, two Schubert Sonatas, the six Moments musicaux, 4 Impromptus (D. 935), the ‘Hungarian Melody’ and an Allegretto are addressed on a period instrument, the fortepiano. The pianist says: “My fortepiano was built by Franz Brodmann in Vienna in 1820. It is to me ideally suited to Schubert’s keyboard works. There is something quintessentially Viennese in its timbre, its tender mellowness, its melancholic cantabilità . . . It is in the quiet and quietest moments when Schubert - like nobody else - touches our hearts.”

Contents:

Schubert Hungarian Melody in B Minor, D. 817
July 2014, Beethoven House, Bonn

Schubert Piano Sonata No. 18 in G Major, D. 894
July 2014, Beethoven House, Bonn

Schubert Moments musicaux, D. 780
July 2014, Beethoven House, Bonn

Schubert Allegretto in C Minor, D. 915
July 2014, Beethoven House, Bonn

Schubert 4 Impromptus, D. 935
July 2014, Beethoven House, Bonn

Schubert Piano Sonata No. 21 in B-flat Major, D. 960
July 2014, Beethoven House, Bonn

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