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Schubert: Lebenssturme / Duo Pleyel


Release Date: 04/10/2020 
Label:  Linn Records   Catalog #: 593  
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Pleyel
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Duo Pleyel (Richard Egarr and Alexandra Nepomnyashchaya) makes its recording debut with a programme of works for piano four-hands by Schubert, whose contribution to this genre exceeds that of any other composer. Aside from being hugely enjoyable this repertoire features some of Schubert’s finest piano writing. Schubert’s great F minor Fantasy, although justly famous, represents only a small proportion of his music for piano four-hands. It is an extraordinary body of work which demonstrates the gathering importance of this compositional medium. Duo Pleyel brings this famous Fantasy into context with other lesser known works such as the wonderfully melodic early Sonata in B flat major, written when Schubert was 21, and the two contrasting Read more Rondos: the Rondo in D major D. 608 (post.) and the Rondo in A major (Schubert’s final work for piano four-hands). Perhaps the star composition is the passionate Allegro in A minor, written a month after the Fantasy, and sometimes known by its posthumous title ‘Lebenssturme’. It gives us a clear picture of Schubert’s inner life: of a man who wrote ‘Every night when I go to bed, I hope that I may never wake again, and every morning renews my grief.’ Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Rondo for Piano 4 hands in D major, D 608/Op. 138 by Franz Schubert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Pleyel
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1818; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Sonata for Piano 4 hands in B flat major, D 617/Op. 30 by Franz Schubert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Pleyel
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1818; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Fantasy for Piano 4 hands in F minor, D 940/Op. 103 by Franz Schubert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Pleyel
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Rondo for Piano 4 hands in A major, D 951 "Grand Rondo" by Franz Schubert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Pleyel
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Allegro for Piano 4 hands in A minor, D 947/Op. 144 "Lebensstürme" by Franz Schubert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Pleyel
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 

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