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Schubert Live Vol 1 / Imogin Cooper

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in A major, D 959
>Schubert, Franz : Ecossaises (11) for piano, D. 781
>Schubert, Franz : Pieces (3) for Piano, D 946
>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in A minor, D 845/Op. 42
>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in A major, D 664/Op. 120
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Imogen Cooper returns to Avie with the first in a series of three double CDs, recorded live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, exploring the late piano music of Schubert written between 1823 and 1828. Having spent several years at the Paris Conservatoire in her teens, Cooper went to Vienna to study with Paul Badura-Skoda, Jorg Demus, and Alfred Brendel, the pianist often seen as her mentor.

Featuring Piano Sonata in A major D959, 11 Ecossaises D781, 3 Klavierst cke D946, Piano Sonata in A Minor D845, Piano Sonata in D major D850.

Sunday Times
The range of colour, the subtle details, the singing line, the freedom of tempo within the driving momentum, the haunting and haunted beauty, are greater than ever. A joy.

The Telegraph
You only have to hear the slow movement of the great A Major Sonata D959 to appreciate that Cooper has the capacity to make the piano sing, in this instance with sighs of melancholy...Cooper has said that, after a career-long association with Schubert, his music's message has become much more direct for her. These discs show how eloquently she can convey that message to us.

Gramophone Magazine
These performances were recorded live at a Queen Elizabeth Hall recital given in 2008. Free from the confines of the studio, Cooper rises to the occasion with performances that show a courageous advance on her already distinguished work. This is true, most strikingly, in the great penultimate A major Sonata, D959. ...few more deeply charged or felt performances now exist on record. Cooper wrings every expressive ounce from the massive opening Allegro and the result is movingly personal rather than overbearing or idiosyncratic. Time and again she makes you sense the dark undertow beneath Schubert's outward geniality, the pain as well as the fullness of his tragically brief life. ...nothing is taken for granted and every musical shadow, whether passing or engulfing, is acutely registered.



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>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in A major, D 959
  • Performer: Imogen Cooper (Piano)
  • Running Time: 43 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 09/1828
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Schubert, Franz : Écossaises (11) for piano, D. 781
  • Performer: Imogen Cooper (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 01/1823
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Schubert, Franz : Pieces (3) for Piano, D 946
  • Performer: Imogen Cooper (Piano)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 05/1828
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in A minor, D 845/Op. 42
  • Performer: Imogen Cooper (Piano)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 05/1825
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in A major, D 664/Op. 120
  • Performer: Imogen Cooper (Piano)
  • Running Time: 39 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 08/1825
  • Studio/Live: Live