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Auf dem Wasser zu singen,
, D 760.
Litanei auf das Fest Aller Seelen,
Der Müller und der Bach
, D 795 (trans Liszt).
, D 790.
, D 915.
, D 366.
, D 946.
(attrib. trans. R. Strauss)
Bertrand Chamayou (pn)
ERATO 463707 (70:24)
In one of my rare outings outside the vocal side of things in
, editor Flegler has lobbed up a big old fat softball for me to swat at here. Almost no one dislikes the very tuneful Franz Schubert, even Schubert in Beethoven mode, as we find him here in the
, D 760. This four-part invention gives us some of the Viennese master’s most complex writing for piano and also music quite difficult to play, as attested to by no other than Schubert himself. Young, award winning French pianist Bertrand Chamayou molds this recital around the
piece and the Three Klavierstücke, D 946, from 1828, in an imaginary
those musical social evenings spent with colleagues and friends, Schubert usually at the piano. Certainly some of this music, particularly the later works, were never performed in this type of venue, but then Chamayou asks you to use your imagination, and we can. Certainly the three song transcriptions for piano by Franz Liszt played here would not have been heard in piano renderings; perhaps they might have been sung on such occasions. All of the supporting pieces are light and melodic, and all played with notable musical intelligence with just the right amount of French insouciance by Chamayou. He displays a deft touch, but his real mastery here is in seamlessly allowing Schubert’s genius to touch us in these pieces without much getting in the way. In a final oddity, the young pianist gives us the
, attributed to Schubert but never written out by him, handed down in oral tradition until finally put on the stave by Richard Strauss in 1943. It is a lovely piece, short enough so that it might be repeated with enjoyment (but not here).
Even as a singing aficionado, I am aware that Schubert piano discs abound. They apparently sell better than most. It would seem unlikely, however, these particular recital selections are nearly duplicated anywhere else out there on disc. If you are collecting Schubert piece by piece, perhaps this may not be the way to go. This disc’s attraction is that it provides both the opportunity to listen to some wonderful eclectic Schubert piano pieces and to hear rising young French virtuoso Chamayou at the keyboard. A tip of the hat to my editor. Recommended.
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