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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.
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]
Works on This Recording
Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960 by Franz Schubert
Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 07/1988
Venue: Neumarkt, Oberpfalz, Germany
Length: 33 Minutes 21 Secs.
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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