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Schubert: Impromptus D 899 & D 935 / Andrei Gavrilov


Release Date: 07/24/2008 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 435788   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  Andrei Gavrilov
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Since he switched companies and began to record for Deutsche Grammophon, Andrei Gavrilov’s piano playing suddenly appears to have come of age. No one ever doubted his prodigious talent or the sharp-focussed mind that controlled it, but far too often in the past his performances were over-indulgent and wilfully idiosyncratic. Yet a new self-discipline was clear in his performances of Prokofiev and Chopin released earlier this year by DG, and in this collection of Schubert’s Impromptus also the approach is generally measured, refined and controlled. There are odd flashes of the old impulsiveness, passages that are pulled out of joint or exaggeratedly phrased. Usually though, Gavrilov keeps himself on a tight rein, purling off every phrase Read more with a limpid tone. At times it seems almost too detached and anonymous. There is much more drama to be extracted from the F minor Impromptu that begins the D935 set, more than just filigree decoration to the piece in the same key that ends it. Gavrilov skates over the surface when he should dig beneath, which is not to deny that the poise and clarity of his playing are always of the highest order.

-- Andrew Clements, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90: no 1 in C minor by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Andrei Gavrilov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Venue:  Friedrich Ebert Hall, Hamburg-Harburg 
Length: 8 Minutes 31 Secs. 
2.
Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90: no 2 in E flat major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Andrei Gavrilov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Venue:  Friedrich Ebert Hall, Hamburg-Harburg 
Length: 4 Minutes 34 Secs. 
3.
Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90: no 3 in G flat major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Andrei Gavrilov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Venue:  Friedrich Ebert Hall, Hamburg-Harburg 
Length: 5 Minutes 42 Secs. 
4.
Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90: no 4 in A flat major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Andrei Gavrilov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Venue:  Friedrich Ebert Hall, Hamburg-Harburg 
Length: 7 Minutes 25 Secs. 
5.
Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 935/Op. 142: no 1 in F minor by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Andrei Gavrilov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Venue:  Friedrich Ebert Hall, Hamburg-Harburg 
Length: 10 Minutes 14 Secs. 
6.
Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 935/Op. 142: no 2 in A flat major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Andrei Gavrilov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Venue:  Friedrich Ebert Hall, Hamburg-Harburg 
Length: 8 Minutes 11 Secs. 
7.
Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 935/Op. 142: no 3 in B flat major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Andrei Gavrilov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Venue:  Friedrich Ebert Hall, Hamburg-Harburg 
Length: 10 Minutes 46 Secs. 
8.
Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 935/Op. 142: no 4 in F minor by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Andrei Gavrilov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Venue:  Friedrich Ebert Hall, Hamburg-Harburg 
Length: 6 Minutes 24 Secs. 

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