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Schubert: Complete Piano Sonatas & Complete Dances For Piano

Schubert / Endres
Release Date: 07/31/2012 
Label:  Capriccio Records   Catalog #: 7125   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  Michael Endres
Number of Discs: 10 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Michael Endres’ cultivated musicianship and virtuosity have graced some truly outstanding and sonically gorgeous German Radio productions that have found their way to CD, such as the pianist’s Arnold Bax, Carl Maria von Weber, and W.A. Mozart cycles issued on the Oehms label. Capriccio now bundles Endres’ 1993/97 cycles encompassing Schubert’s “complete” piano sonatas and dances together in a budget-priced, space-saving boxed set. I put quotation marks around the word “complete” because astute Schubertians will notice the absence of certain incomplete works and sonata movements available elsewhere. What’s important, however, is Endres’ artistry.

The pianist invests nearly each and
Read more every waltz, landler, menuet, gallop, and polonaise with tasteful nuances and rubatos that never lose their lilting impetus. Listen, for example, to the silky, elegantly pointed double notes and controlled sentiment he brings to the two D. 769 German Dances, not to mention his seamless yet logical segues from one piece to the next in larger groups like the 20 D. 146 Waltzes. The sonatas stand out for their ideal tempos and freedom from eccentricities, although there are plenty of individual touches, such as the pianist coyly easing into the G major D. 894’s finale, the slightly held back A major D. 959 Scherzo’s deft interplay of legato and detached articulations, and the B-flat D. 960 finale’s joyful lightness offset by harshly accented unison G-naturals as if the grim reaper had crashed an innocent tea party. Also hear the inflected kick to the B major D. 575 Finale’s upbeats, and notice how the ravishing and songful phrasing stays with you long after you stop listening to Endres’ A major D. 664 Sonata.

To be sure, collectors will understandably cling to Brendel’s gaunt, Beethovenian Vanguard recording of D. 958, Richter’s archetonic D major D. 850, the Kempff Schubert cycle’s singular half-tints and pedaling gradations, Uchida’s dazzlingly executed variation movement in D. 845, or Stephen Hough’s breathtaking hand independence in the A minor D. 784 finale. Yet no other Schubert piano collection on the market offers Endres’ consistent level of satisfaction.

-- ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Piano in A flat major, D 557 "Sonatine" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Michael Endres (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
2. Sonata for Piano in E minor, D 566 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Michael Endres (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
3. Sonata for Piano in B major, D 575/Op. posth by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Michael Endres (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
4. Sonata for Piano in A major, D 664/Op. 120 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Michael Endres (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819/1825; Vienna, Austria 
5. Sonata for Piano in A minor, D 845/Op. 42 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Michael Endres (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
6. Sonata for Piano in D major, D 850/Op. 53 "Gasteiner" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Michael Endres (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
7. Sonata for Piano in A minor, D 537/Op. 164 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Michael Endres (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
8. Sonata for Piano in E flat major, D 568/Op. posth 122 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Michael Endres (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
9. Sonata for Piano in C major, D 840 "Reliquie" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Michael Endres (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
10. Sonata for Piano in F minor, D 625 [fragment] by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Michael Endres (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1818; Vienna, Austria 
11. Sonata for Piano in A minor, D 784/Op. 143 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Michael Endres (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
12. Sonata for Piano in C minor, D 958 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Michael Endres (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
13. Sonata for Piano in E major, D 157 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Michael Endres (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
14. Sonata for Piano in C major, D 279 [fragment] by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Michael Endres (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
15. Sonata for Piano in G major, D 894/Op. 78 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Michael Endres (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Vienna, Austria 
16. Sonata for Piano in A major, D 959 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Michael Endres (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
17. Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Michael Endres (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
18. German Dance(s) by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Michael Endres (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
19. Cotillon for Piano in E flat major, D 976 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Michael Endres (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1826; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No. 5 in A flat major, D. 557: I. Allegro moderato
Piano Sonata No. 5 in A flat major, D. 557: II. Andante
Piano Sonata No. 5 in A flat major, D. 557: III. Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 6 in E minor, D. 566, "Unfinished": I. Moderato
Piano Sonata No. 6 in E minor, D. 566, "Unfinished": II. Allegretto
Piano Sonata No. 6 in E minor, D. 566, "Unfinished": III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
Piano Sonata No. 9 in B major, Op. 147, D. 575: I. Allegro ma non troppo
Piano Sonata No. 9 in B major, Op. 147, D. 575: II. Andante
Piano Sonata No. 9 in B major, Op. 147, D. 575: III. Scherzo: Allegretto
Piano Sonata No. 9 in B major, Op. 147, D. 575: IV. Allegro giusto
Piano Sonata No. 13 in A major, Op. 120, D. 664: I. Allegro moderato
Piano Sonata No. 13 in A major, Op. 120, D. 664: II. Andante
Piano Sonata No. 13 in A major, Op. 120, D. 664: III. Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 16 in A minor, Op. 42, D. 845: I. Moderato
Piano Sonata No. 16 in A minor, Op. 42, D. 845: II. Andante poco moto
Piano Sonata No. 16 in A minor, Op. 42, D. 845: III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
Piano Sonata No. 16 in A minor, Op. 42, D. 845: IV. Rondo: Allegro vivace
Piano Sonata No. 17 in D major, Op. 53, D. 850, "Gasteiner Sonate": I. Allegro vivace
Piano Sonata No. 17 in D major, Op. 53, D. 850, "Gasteiner Sonate": II. Con moto
Piano Sonata No. 17 in D major, Op. 53, D. 850, "Gasteiner Sonate": III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
Piano Sonata No. 17 in D major, Op. 53, D. 850, "Gasteiner Sonate": IV. Rondo: Allegro moderato

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 Schubert should be promoted May 20, 2014 By George Engel (Lyndhurst, OH) See All My Reviews "Since schubert has been stuct between Beetovan and Bramhs his works have been elevated to its proper position in the musical heavens. Thid disc is beautiful examaple of hid genius." Report Abuse
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