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Schubert: Moments Musicaux / Valery Afanassiev, piano

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Moments musicaux (6) for Piano, D 780/Op. 94
>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in A major, D 664/Op. 120
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Piainist Valery Afanassiev - renowned for his strikingly individual and deeply introspective interpretations of the music of Franz Schubert - has paired two often extrovert works by the composer: the set of six Moments Musicaus and the Sonata D. 850. Recorded in September 2010 at the Auditorio Radioteleviosione Svizzera, Lugano, this is ECM's second Schubert recording by the Moscow-born pianist, having previously released a live recording of Afanassiev performing Schubert's final Sonata D. 960 at the 1986 Lockenhaus Festival that has become a connoiisseur's favorite. Composed from 1823 to 1827, the year before the compose's premature death, the Moments Musicaux brim with song and dance, as well as Schubert's characteristics mood swings from major to minor, from light to dark. The Sonata D. 850, written in 1825, is one of Schubert's most ebullient piano sonatas - with yodeling-like melodies, simulated horn calls and strongly syncopated rhythms - but like so many works by this composer, there are passages with an air of nostalgia and emotional ambiguity.

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
The sonata begins, once again, with deliberation and an aggressive fierceness. This aggressive playing suits the Scherzo somewhat better.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Auditorio Radio Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland (09/2010).



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Works Details

>Schubert, Franz : Moments musicaux (6) for Piano, D 780/Op. 94
  • Performer: Valery Afanassiev (Piano)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: ?1823-28

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in A major, D 664/Op. 120
  • Performer: Valery Afanassiev (Piano)
  • Running Time: 40 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 08/1825