Notes and Editorial Reviews
For the latest release in his critically acclaimed Schubert cycle, pianist Gerhard Oppitz has assembled a program of Schubert's most visionary and personal musical utterances. Standing at the center of the program is Schubert's monumental "Reliquie" Sonata. Begun in 1825, while working on the A minor Sonata, D845, the "Reliquie" contains some of Schubert's most advance thinking about tonality and form up to that time. The work, in fact proved to be too much for Schubert, who left the piece unfinished at his death, leaving just two complete movements, though extensive sketches for the Scherzo and Finale exist. Franz Schubert's Impromptus, Op. 90 are among the most famous beloved works in the entire literature for the
piano. Each one is a miniature masterpiece, displaying not only considerable pianistic skill and a wealth of melodic invention, but an extraordinary sense of harmonic adventure.
In comparison to the weighty "Reliquie" Sonata and the popular Impromptus, Schubert's 12 Deutsche D790 are easy to overlook as mere trifles. Nothing could be further from the truth! Hidden under the unassuming title, these 12 miniatures are, in fact, some of the most deeply intimate music Schubert ever put to paper; that pianists are often reluctant to play them in public and they seem to remain forever on the fringe of the keyboard repertoire may be the most potent statement of how obviously private they really are. Oppitz's approach to each of the works on this program, the familiar, the epic and the intimate are a testament to his profound musicianship and understanding of Schubert's pianistic idiom!
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