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Schubert: Piano Sonatas, Impromptus / Ian Hobson


Release Date: 09/26/2000 
Label:  Zephyr   Catalog #: 118-00   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  Ian Hobson
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Benjamin Britten made the following profound observation: "It is arguable that the richest and most productive 18 months in our musical history is the time when Beethoven had just died, when the other 19th century giants, Wagner, Verdi and Brahms, had not begun; I mean the period in which Franz Schubert wrote the WINTERREISE, the C major symphony, his last three piano sonatas, the C major string quintet, as well as a dozen other glorious pieces. The very creation of these works in that space of time seems hardly credible; but the standard of inspiration, of magic, is miraculous and past all explanation." Benjamin Britten made the following profound observation: "It is arguable that the richest and most productive 18 months in our musical history is the time when Beethoven had just died, when the other 19th century giants, Wagner, Verdi and Brahms, had not begun; I mean the period in which Franz Schubert wrote the WINTERREISE, the C major symphony, his last three piano sonatas, the C major string quintet, as well as a dozen other glorious pieces. The very creation of these works in that space of time seems hardly credible; but the standard of inspiration, of magic, is miraculous and past all explanation." Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Ian Hobson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/20/1996 
Venue:  Duncan Recital Hall, Rice Univ., Texas 
Length: 38 Minutes 16 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Piano in C minor, D 958 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Ian Hobson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1995-96 
Venue:  Foellinger Great Hall, Univ, of Illinois 
Length: 30 Minutes 58 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Piano in A major, D 959 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Ian Hobson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1995-96 
Venue:  Duncan Recital Hall, Rice Univ., Texas 
Length: 37 Minutes 41 Secs. 
4.
Pieces (3) for Piano, D 946 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Ian Hobson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/04/1998 
Venue:  Duncan Recital Hall, Rice Univ., Texas 
Length: 29 Minutes 51 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No. 19 in C Minor, D. 958: I. Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 19 in C Minor, D. 958: II. Adagio
Piano Sonata No. 19 in C Minor, D. 958: III. Menuetto: Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 19 in C Minor, D. 958: IV. Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 20 in A Major, D. 959: I. Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 20 in A Major, D. 959: II. Andantino
Piano Sonata No. 20 in A Major, D. 959: III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
Piano Sonata No. 20 in A Major, D. 959: IV. Rondo: Allegretto
Piano Sonata No. 21 in B-Flat Major, D. 960: I. Molto moderato
Piano Sonata No. 21 in B-Flat Major, D. 960: II. Andante sostenuto
Piano Sonata No. 21 in B-Flat Major, D. 960: III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace con delicatezza
Piano Sonata No. 21 in B-Flat Major, D. 960: IV. Allegro ma non troppo
3 Klavierstucke, D. 946: No. 1 in E-Flat Minor
3 Klavierstucke, D. 946: No. 2 in E-Flat Major
3 Klavierstucke, D. 946: No. 3 in C Major

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