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Schubert: Klaviersonate D 959, Moments Musicaux / Kovacevich


Release Date: 02/13/1996 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 55219   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For Kovacevich, this is Schubert’s sonata equivalent of Winterreise - a savage journey into oblivion, coming at you in an often volcanic blaze of sound.

"[T]he force and authenticity of such an outwardly controversial view is made unarguable and few pianists have penetrated more deeply to the dark, restlessly beating heart beneath Schubert’s outwardly genial surface. . . . For Kovacevich, then, this is surely Schubert’s sonata equivalent of Winterreise; a savage journey into oblivion. Many will look for light relief in the Moments musicaux, but once again Kovacevich refuses all obvious sentiment or enticement. His tone remains lean and acidulous . . . . Kovacevich’s Schubert surely inhabits a world of its own and
Read more is in a sense beyond compare; an extraordinary achievement. The recordings are spectacularly bold and the full force of a modern Steinway comes at you in an often volcanic blaze of sound." -- Bryce Morrison, Gramophone
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano in A major, D 959 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1994 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 38 Minutes 6 Secs. 
2.
Moments musicaux (6) for Piano, D 780/Op. 94 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823-1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1994 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 25 Minutes 33 Secs. 

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