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Schubert: Wanderer Fantasie; Chopin: 4 Ballades / Agranovich

Schubert / Agranovich,Sophia
Release Date: 10/09/2015 
Label:  Centaur Records   Catalog #: 3427   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz SchubertFrédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sophia Agranovich
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sophia Agranovich, internationally acclaimed virtuoso pianist, and esteemed pedagogue, is a recipient of numerous teaching awards. Described by Fanfare magazine as “a bold, daring pianist in the tradition of the Golden Age Romantics,” the Ukrainian-born pianist takes to the keyboard for her second Centaur release, offering up a program perfectly suited to Golden Age aficionados, Schubert’s ‘Wanderer’ Fantasy, D760, and Chopin’s Four Ballades, each a masterpiece in itself yet superseding the one before, culminating in the brilliant fourth and last Ballade, the F minor, op. 52. - Naxos Sophia Agranovich, internationally acclaimed virtuoso pianist, and esteemed pedagogue, is a recipient of numerous teaching awards. Described by Fanfare magazine as “a bold, daring pianist in the tradition of the Golden Age Romantics,” the Ukrainian-born pianist takes to the keyboard for her second Centaur release, offering up a program perfectly suited to Golden Age aficionados, Schubert’s ‘Wanderer’ Fantasy, D760, and Chopin’s Four Ballades, each a masterpiece in itself yet superseding the one before, culminating in the brilliant fourth and last Ballade, the F minor, op. 52. - Naxos Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Fantasy for Piano in C major, D 760/Op. 15 "Wanderer" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Sophia Agranovich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sophia Agranovich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1835 
3.
Ballade for Piano no 2 in F major/a minor, B 102/Op. 38 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sophia Agranovich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
4.
Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sophia Agranovich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; Paris, France 
5.
Ballade for Piano no 4 in F minor, B 146/Op. 52 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sophia Agranovich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Fantastic playing by Agranovich! March 26, 2016 By   See All My Reviews "I often tend to flinch from Romantic works, particularly those of Chopin whose music seems to bring out the softest, goopiest, most touchy-feely aspects in many performers. But not Agranovich. Like such Eastern European pianists as Lipatti, Fischer, Cziffra and, yes, Reisenberg, her Chopin is more muscular and less soft-grained than we are normally used to. (The only Western European pianist whose Chopin is equally wide-awake was Alfred Cortot, whose 1929 recordings of the Ballades compare favorably to Agranovich’s.) This is particularly evident in the transition passages, i.e., those bars of music that take you from one part of the theme to another. These are exactly the moments where too many other pianists relax the tension a bit, making the music flow like a ripple on a stream. In Agranovich’s skilled hands, these passages emerge as sturdy pieces of the overall structure, necessary transitions that bind the music together rather than simply rolling along. Such an approach makes all the difference in the world between glorified mood music and music that engages the mind as well as the emotions. Schubert’s “Wanderer” Fantasie is, in my view, his single greatest piano work. Its structure is in four movements, but the movements are played in an unbroken sequence and, to the untrained ear, it sounds like a big 20-minute movement with differing episodes. You really need to be mindful of those episodes because of the complete shift in mood, and Arganovich keeps her mental eye on the ball here. My other favorite performance of this work is the old Vox recording by young Alfred Brendel, whose performance was, if anything, even less Romantic in feeling and more structural than hers, but this version holds your interest because of the greater detail brought out in the music. It makes perfect sense to me that it was written in November 1822 while Schubert took a break from writing his “Unfinished” Symphony—the music is of the same style, tragic in mood while employing strong counterpoint and inner voices to bring the feeling out. The pianist who approaches this work needs be mindful of this underlying structure, as it is imperative that everything be clear and all strands held together. Agranovich does this magnificently in addition to imparting more warmth to the work than young Brendel did. This, then, is a disc of high intrinsic worth as well as another feather in the cap of this superb pianist. I highly recommend it. visit my blog: http://artmusiclounge.wordpress.com/home/" Report Abuse
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