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Schubert: 11 1/2 Sonatas / Marks


Release Date: 03/14/2006 
Label:  Nimbus   Catalog #: 1732   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  Alan Marks
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 6 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A year before his untimely death from cancer at 46 in 1995, the American-born, Berlin-based pianist Alan Marks played a series of all-Schubert recitals in the Berlin Philharmonie's Chamber Music Hall, including all 11 completed sonatas, plus the C major D. 840's two completed opening movements. Their belated release substantially fleshes out Marks' slender Nimbus discography.

A good deal of forethought and analysis seems to have gone into the pianist's serious-minded performances. Slow movements generally elicit Marks' most affectionate phrasing and communicative music making. For example, the D. 784 A minor sonata's central movement receives a heartier, larger-scaled reading than what we usually encounter. Similarly, the D.
Read more 845 A minor's second-movement variations unfold in broad, rhetorical paragraphs, far removed from the virtuosic tour-de-force resulting from Mitsuko Uchida's determinedly constant tempo.

While the great D. 960 B-flat sonata's long first movement stretches out to 23 minutes (repeat intact), Marks' sensitively varied voicings and organic sense of rubato constantly hold your attention. On occasion the clipped quality of Marks' detaché articulation sours the music's inherent charm and lyricism--such as in D. 568's finale, portions of the big A major sonata D. 959, and in D. 537's middle movement. The D major D. 850 first movement and B major D. 575 finale are a shade square and lacking in thrust. I also wager that the flagging energy and flustered dotted notes in D. 960's finale would have been resolved under studio conditions. Yet Marks' flexible, unpretentious account of the A major D. 664 does this lovable piece complete justice. All in all, Schubert fans certainly will want to sample the best of what Alan Marks has to offer.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano in E flat major, D 568/Op. posth 122 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Alan Marks (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Live  Chamber Music Hall, Philharmonie, Berlin 
2.
Sonata for Piano in C minor, D 958 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Alan Marks (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Live  Chamber Music Hall, Philharmonie, Berlin 
3.
Sonata for Piano in B major, D 575/Op. posth by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Alan Marks (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Live  Chamber Music Hall, Philharmonie, Berlin 
4.
Sonata for Piano in G major, D 894/Op. 78 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Alan Marks (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Live  Chamber Music Hall, Philharmonie, Berlin 
5.
Sonata for Piano in A minor, D 537/Op. 164 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Alan Marks (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Live  Chamber Music Hall, Philharmonie, Berlin 
6.
Sonata for Piano in A major, D 959 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Alan Marks (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Live  Chamber Music Hall, Philharmonie, Berlin 
7.
Sonata for Piano in D major, D 850/Op. 53 "Gasteiner" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Alan Marks (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Live  Chamber Music Hall, Philharmonie, Berlin 
8.
Sonata for Piano in A major, D 664/Op. 120 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Alan Marks (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819/1825; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Live  Chamber Music Hall, Philharmonie, Berlin 
9.
Sonata for Piano in A minor, D 845/Op. 42 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Alan Marks (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Live  Chamber Music Hall, Philharmonie, Berlin 
10.
Sonata for Piano in A minor, D 784/Op. 143 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Alan Marks (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Live  Chamber Music Hall, Philharmonie, Berlin 
11.
Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Alan Marks (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Live  Chamber Music Hall, Philharmonie, Berlin 
12.
Sonata for Piano in C major, D 840 "Reliquie" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Alan Marks (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Live  Chamber Music Hall, Philharmonie, Berlin 

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