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Schubert: Piano Works Vol 6 / Gerhard Oppitz

Schubert / Gerhard Oppitz
Release Date: 08/30/2011 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 98521   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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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 Read more 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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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano in C major, D 840 "Reliquie" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
3.
German Dances (12) for Piano, D 790/Op. 171 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No. 15 in C major, D. 840, "Reliquie": I. Moderato
Piano Sonata No. 15 in C major, D. 840, "Reliquie": II. Andante
Allegretto in C minor, D. 915
4 Impromptus, Op. 90, D. 899: No. 1 in C minor
4 Impromptus, Op. 90, D. 899: No. 2 in E flat major
4 Impromptus, Op. 90, D. 899: No. 3 in G flat major
4 Impromptus, Op. 90, D. 899: No. 4 in A flat major
12 German Dances (Landler), Op. 171, D. 790: No. 1 in D major
12 German Dances (Landler), Op. 171, D. 790: No. 2 in A major
12 German Dances (Landler), Op. 171, D. 790: No. 3 in D major
12 German Dances (Landler), Op. 171, D. 790: No. 4 in D major
12 German Dances (Landler), Op. 171, D. 790: No. 5 in B minor
12 German Dances (Landler), Op. 171, D. 790: No. 6 in G flat minor
12 German Dances (Landler), Op. 171, D. 790: No. 7 in A flat major
12 German Dances (Landler), Op. 171, D. 790: No. 8 in A flat major
12 German Dances (Landler), Op. 171, D. 790: No. 9 in B flat major
12 German Dances (Landler), Op. 171, D. 790: No. 10 in B flat major
12 German Dances (Landler), Op. 171, D. 790: No. 11 in A flat major
12 German Dances (Landler), Op. 171, D. 790: No. 12 in E major

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