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Schubert: Sonata D 960, Moments Musicaux / Wolfgang Leibnitz

Release Date: 06/24/2003 
Label:  Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog #: 1103   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  Wolfgang Leibnitz
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Where are we when we listen to the last of Schubert's piano sonatas, the Sonata in B flat major he composed in autumn 1828, only a few weeks before his death? The listener seems to drift into a different world and yet feel closer to life's deepest secrets than ever before. A touch of entrancement accompanies the peaceful beginning, arising again and again when through the further development of the motif the emotional states merge into one another with the gentle gruffness of a cloud passing over a moonlit field. Out of the peacefulness of the twice resounding triad in B flat, a fragmentary melody arises with unpretentious cantability, dies away, allowing, after a rest, a minor trill in the bass region to cast its shadow, and then rises Read more again. At an unspectacular and yet mystifying beginning! Slowly the music feels its way into a sonorous cosmos whose precipices are yet to be seen. Confiding, tuning in, into its own balance, it arises from the quiet it longs to sink back into and yet - though still rooted in this quietude - it is hurled into dreamlike states of ecstatic bliss and the blackest of delirious anguishes. Read less

Works on This Recording

Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Wolfgang Leibnitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Moments musicaux (6) for Piano, D 780/Op. 94 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Wolfgang Leibnitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823-1828; Vienna, Austria 

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