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Schubert: Sonatas D 960, D 784, D 613 / Stephen Hough


Release Date: 04/13/1999 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67027   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  Stephen Hough
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

'This is, quite simply, some of the most beautiful Schubert I have heard in years, or (why not come out and say it?) ever. Irresistible. That is, indeed, the word for everything about this superb release ... a musician capable of the greatest things ... a performance that ranks with the most celebrated classic and modern versions in or out of the catalogs' (Fanfare, USA) 'Poetic, imaginative, deeply felt and keenly thought ... a deeply loving treatment of the piano in performances of exceptional refinement' (The Piano) 'Any pianist who records Schubert must be sure of his ground. Stephen Hough here proves himself a worthy rival' (The Sunday Times) 'It is obvious that Hough identifies deeply with this music ... he is temperamentally attuned Read more to its urgent lyricism and, sometimes, heartrendering pathos ... lush tone, subtle pedalling, and a firm grasp of structure' (American Record Guide) '[D784] the pulsing triples ... haunt the memory, as does the floating treatment of the lyrical subject in the finale' (BBC Music Magazine) 'Hough keeps listeners' attention through the musical equivalent of whispering ... a tribute to his elegant legato touch and phrasing as natural and unforced as breathing ... Hough's supernal playing and matchless poise make this album an unmitigated success' (CD Now) 'always thoughtful, in places transcendent' (Classic CD) 'His moving performance of the B flat Sonata, marked throughout by refined, discerning pianism and an uncommonly subtle ear for texture ... Hough seeks out the music's inwardness and fragility, its ethereal, self ... communing remoteness ... [D784] magnificently done ... the lyrical music is limpidly coloured and poignantly inflected... Hough's individual and searching reading of the two great sonatas ... take their place alongside the most recommendable in the catalogue' (Gramophone) '[Hough] combines the imagination and pianistic colour of the past with the scholarship of the present, illuminating the very essence of the music he plays ... a performance of extraordinary depth and beauty' (Pretoria News) '(A Minor D.784) especially sensitive in its uncertain switching between laughter and tears, a typically Schubertian trait reflected in Hough's outstandingly delicate touch and his natural phrasing ... These are profoundly musical and deeply thought-out performances' (Sunday Telegraph) 'Stephen Hough has made his name in the post-Romantic repertoire, exploring rarely-known works of interest .... Here in a more familiar repertoire he works wonders through an approach which is particularly sensitive and intelligent. His accompanying notes are particularly valuable.... ' (Répertoire, France) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1998 
Venue:  St George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol 
Length: 43 Minutes 37 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Piano in A minor, D 784/Op. 143 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/01/1997 
Venue:  St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol 
Length: 21 Minutes 34 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Piano in C major, D 613 [fragment] by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1818; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1998 
Venue:  St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol 
Length: 10 Minutes 34 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 A wonderful Schubert program! September 11, 2013 By Gail M. (Goleta, CA) See All My Reviews "Stephen Hough and Hyperion have given us a best ever performance and recording of Schubert's last piano sonata, as well as companion pieces that fit perfectly with that work. The D960 sonata is played and recorded by every major pianist, but the performance on this disk seems to me to project the extraordinary beauty and tragedy of this music in a deeper way than others I've heard. The companion pieces, D613 and D784, frame D960 very well as played here. Easy to recommend very strongly!" Report Abuse
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