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Schubert: Piano Sonata No 21, Etc / Stephen Kovacevich


Release Date: 03/23/2004 
Label:  Emi Great Artists Of The Century Catalog #: 62818   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

...in the B flat Sonata [Kovacevich] surpasses himself. The dramatic outbursts in the finale are almost apocalyptic, while his soft cantabile is spellbinding. The interpretation is very ambitious, yet without undue sense of strain, and the recording – though a bit distant for some tastes – is richly sonorous.

-- BBC Music Magazine
...in the B flat Sonata [Kovacevich] surpasses himself. The dramatic outbursts in the finale are almost apocalyptic, while his soft cantabile is spellbinding. The interpretation is very ambitious, yet without undue sense of strain, and the recording – though a bit distant for some tastes – is richly sonorous.

-- BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Moments musicaux (6) for Piano, D 780/Op. 94 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823-1828; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Allegretto for Piano in C minor, D 915 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat D960: I. Molto moderato
Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat D960: II. Andante sostenuto
Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat D960: III. Scherzo (Allegro vivace con delicatezza) & Trio
Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat D960: IV. Allegro, ma non troppo - Presto
Allegretto in C minor D915
6 Moments musicaux D780: No. 1 in C
6 Moments musicaux D780: No. 2 in A flat
6 Moments musicaux D780: No. 3 in F minor
6 Moments musicaux D780: No. 4 in C sharp minor
6 Moments musicaux D780: No. 5 in F minor
6 Moments musicaux D780: No. 6 in A flat

Customer Reviews

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 Magnificent January 5, 2013 By Stephen F. See All My Reviews "This is very likely the most moving recordings of the B flat sonata I've ever heard - and in fact, given the stature of this work, one of the greatest piano recordings I've ever heard. In addition to the astounding reach of the performance, the sound is equally the best I'd ever heard among CD piano recordings. Quite simply, no praise is too high." Report Abuse
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