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Schubert: Piano Sonata In Bb, Wanderer Fantasy / Brendel


Release Date: 10/02/2008 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 422062   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  Alfred Brendel
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Brendel's playing in the first movement of D 960 so keenly reminds us of Schubert's alleged remark ''somehow I feel that I no longer belong to this world,'' while elsewhere he makes us aware of the music's hypnotic inevitability.

...The Sonata's first movement brings a characteristic quickening of pulse to heighten second subject agitation in the minor. But nothing is more moving than the central development section, where Brendel so keenly reminds us of Schubert's alleged remark ''somehow I feel that I no longer belong to this world''. The slow movement's hypnotic inevitability is heightened by his respect for its andante marking (i.e. not too slow) and the exactness of the regularly reiterated left-hand accompaniment.
Read more I thought the Scherzo more crisp and tingling than in his earlier recording... As for the finale, here Brendel makes you uncommonly aware of its unpredictability and unpredictability and emotional ambivalence..

The Wanderer Fantasy is Schubert's most virtuosic keyboard work, and here Brendel combines brilliance with exceptional temperament—not least in response to the first movement's con fuoco... Brendel's hyper-sensitive nuances in the slow movement struck me as more subtly controlled than before (not least in the hemi-demisemiquaver variation) while just as atmospheric in effect. He remains true to his old liking for a much slower trio to offset the unflagging rhythmic vitality of the scherzo, which incidentally he now brings to an even more excitingly dramatic climax than of old. The final fugue literally bursts from it—and how skilfully he orchestrates this last movement's jubilant but slightly patterned texture. The recording itself is more vivid, vibrant and forward than the older one...

-- Joan Chissell, Gramophone [1/1990]
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Works on This Recording

1. Fantasy for Piano in C major, D 760/Op. 15 "Wanderer" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1988 
Venue:  Neumarkt, Oberpfalz, Germany 
Length: 20 Minutes 45 Secs. 
2. Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1988 
Venue:  Neumarkt, Oberpfalz, Germany 
Length: 33 Minutes 21 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No.21 in B flat, D.960: 1. Molto moderato
Piano Sonata No.21 in B flat, D.960: 2. Andante sostenuto
Piano Sonata No.21 in B flat, D.960: 3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace con delicatezza)
Piano Sonata No.21 in B flat, D.960: 4. Allegro ma non troppo
Fantasy in C Major "Wanderer": 1. Allegro con fuoco ma non troppo
Fantasy in C Major "Wanderer": 2. Adagio
Fantasy in C Major "Wanderer": 3. Presto
Fantasy in C Major "Wanderer": 4. Allegro

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