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Schubert: Sonatas & Impromptus / Schiff


Release Date: 04/26/2019 
Label:  Ecm   Catalog #: B002992002  
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  András Schiff
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



In the latest chapter in András Schiff's ongoing documentation of Franz Schubert's music, the great pianist plays the Four Impromptus D 899, and compositions from 1828, the last year of Schubert's too brief life: The Three Pieces D 946 ("impromptus in all but name" notes Misha Donat in the CD booklet), the C minor Sonata D 958 and the A major Sonata D 959. Schiff again chooses to use his fortepiano made by Franz Brodmann in Vienna, around 1820. "It is to me ideally suited to Schubert's keyboard works," he has said. There is something quintessentially Viennese in it's timbre, it's tender mellowness, it's melancholic cantabilità."
Read more Critics have agreed, unanimous also in their praise of Schiff s interpretations: "I cannot think of anyone of his calibre who has mastered the fortepiano as well as the modern piano and shown such distinction on both," wrote Stephen Plaistow in an Editor's Choice review in Gramophone. "In Schubert Schiff has a claim to be considered sovereign among today's players, carrying forward the reading and interpretation of him into areas that others have not fully explored." Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano in C minor, D 958 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Sonata for Piano in A major, D 959 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Pieces (3) for Piano, D 946 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 

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