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Franz Schubert: Hungarian Melody, D 817; Sonata D 894; Moments musicaux D 780; Alegretto D 915; Impromptus D 935; Sonata D 960 / Andras Schiff, fortepiano

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Hungarian melody for Piano in B minor, D 817
>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in G major, D 894/Op. 78
>Schubert, Franz : Moments musicaux (6) for Piano, D 780/Op. 94
>Schubert, Franz : Allegretto for Piano in C minor, D 915
>Schubert, Franz : Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 935/Op. 142
>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

A remarkable recording on fortepiano by András Schiff who is long-established as one of the great interpreters of the work of Franz Schubert.

The Observer, 3rd May 2015
Schiff conjures wisp-like sonorities and never makes an ugly sound, and the Moments musicaux crackle with incisive effects. The smaller pieces work best, while the sonatas are quite difficult to sustain.

Financial Times, 9th May 2015
[Schiff] shows how [the fortepiano's] muted, delicate sound can transform Schubert for modern listeners. Two of the piano sonatas, the G Major, D894, and the late B Flat, D960, speak to us as if in an intimate tOte-a-tOte. The Moments musicaux, D 780, and the Four Impromptus, D 935, smile with informal grace.

Classical Music, May 2015
[The 1820 Brodmann instrument] sounds glorious: its tone and action seem ideally to suit these works... let us hope there is more to come.

Sunday Times, 17th May 2015
Schiff's Schubert is a known quantity: his comprehensive Decca set of the keyboard works remains a classic, but the sounds here are unexpected...Schiff, a self-confessed period-instrument convert, returns to the great G and B major sonatas, the second set of Impromptus and Moments Musicaux, making them sound hot off the press, fresh and new.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
Given the character of the instrument and Schiff's ability to bring color and variety to his phrasing, all of these performances are of a high order. Comparison with the few others on fortepiano shows Schiff has the easy advantage, not just for his playing, but for the sound of his instrument as well.

Aided by some of this label's finest sound and exceptionally literate notes from Misha Donat (with a contribution from Schiff), this continues to enhance the reputation of this aristocratic pianist.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Kammermusiksaal H. J. Abs, Beethoven-Haus, Bonn (07/2014).



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>Schubert, Franz : Hungarian melody for Piano in B minor, D 817
  • Performer: Andras Schiff (Fortepiano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 09/02/1824

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in G major, D 894/Op. 78
  • Performer: Andras Schiff (Fortepiano)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 10/1826

>Schubert, Franz : Moments musicaux (6) for Piano, D 780/Op. 94
  • Performer: Andras Schiff (Fortepiano)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: ?1823-28

>Schubert, Franz : Allegretto for Piano in C minor, D 915
  • Performer: Andras Schiff (Fortepiano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 05/24/1827

>Schubert, Franz : Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 935/Op. 142
  • Performer: Andras Schiff (Fortepiano)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 12/1827

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960
  • Performer: Andras Schiff (Fortepiano)
  • Running Time: 38 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 09/1828