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Schubert Live, Vol. 3 / Imogen Cooper

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Valses sentimentales (34) for Piano, D 779/Op. 50
>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in A minor, D 784/Op. 143
>Schubert, Franz : Hungarian melody for Piano in B minor, D 817
>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in C major, D 840 "Reliquie"
>Schubert, Franz : Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90
>Schubert, Franz : Impromptu in G flat major, D 899, no 9
>Schubert, Franz : Impromptu no 4 in A flat major, D899, Op. 90, no 4
>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960
>Schubert, Franz : Allegretto for Piano in C minor, D 915
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Notes & Reviews:

Acclaimed pianist Imogen Cooper is enjoying something of a renaissance with her ongoing series of Schubert's solo piano works on Avie. Accolades for the recordings abound, from NPR and the BBC to Gramophone and the New York Times. Now, Cooper continues her exploration of the composer's late piano music with Volume 3, recorded live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in December 2009.

"The Sonata in A Minor, D 784, that follows is magnificent in its world-weariness. Cooper leaves the stark textures to resonate in all their bareness, producing a harrowing impression... in Cooper's hands the piece emerges as the masterpiece it truly is... The Gb [Impromptu] emerges like the blissful murmuring of an echt -Schubertian brook, while the final Ab approaches Elysian plains of the type more associated with the late sonatas themselves. Again, Cooper's articulation is a joy... Of course, there is no single D 960 that gets an unqualified recommendation. To do the piece anything like justice, several versions should co-exist on any music lover's shelves. There is no doubt, however, that this should be one of them." - Fanfare

BBC Music Magazine
Cooper's sensitivity to the new light shed by remote keys is unfailing, and above all she tells the strange adventure of Schubert's most tormented A minor Sonata with unerring judgment. For this account alone, the latest instalment is indispensable.

Sunday Times
the poise of Cooper's playing holds one breathless...Cooper's sense of rightness of colour and her exquisite balancing of textures fully justify her reputation as one of the great Schubertians of our time.

Gramophone Magazine
Imogen Cooper...offers a near-perfect balance of head and heart in Schubert, her expressive technique and musical personality wholly in the service of the composer...I shall treasure this performance of the G flat Impromptu, a miracle of heartfelt cantabile playing that made my eyes burn.

The Independent on Sunday
Cooper's articulation is precise, her tempi poised, the architecture clean, the colours cool to chilly. C minor brings out the best in her. The bittersweet Allegretto and blazing first Impromptu the most arresting works in a performance of clarity and integrity.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre. London.



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Works Details

>Schubert, Franz : Valses sentimentales (34) for Piano, D 779/Op. 50
  • Performer: Imogen Cooper (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 05/1823

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in A minor, D 784/Op. 143
  • Performer: Imogen Cooper (Piano)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 02/1823

>Schubert, Franz : Hungarian melody for Piano in B minor, D 817
  • Performer: Imogen Cooper (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 09/02/1824

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in C major, D 840 "Reliquie"
  • Performer: Imogen Cooper (Piano)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 04/1825

>Schubert, Franz : Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90
  • Performer: Imogen Cooper (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: ?1827

>Schubert, Franz : Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90
  • Performer: Imogen Cooper (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: ?1827

>Schubert, Franz : Impromptu in G flat major, D 899, no 9
  • Performer: Imogen Cooper (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: ?1827

>Schubert, Franz : Impromptu no 4 in A flat major, D899, Op. 90, no 4
  • Performer: Imogen Cooper (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: ?1827

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960
  • Performer: Imogen Cooper (Piano)
  • Running Time: 40 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 09/1828

>Schubert, Franz : Allegretto for Piano in C minor, D 915
  • Performer: Imogen Cooper (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 05/24/1827