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Schubert: Piano Sonata in A major D 959, Piano Sonata in C major 'Reliquie' D 840 / Jonathan Biss

Album Summary

>Kurtág, György : Games
>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in C major, D 840 "Reliquie"
>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in A major, D 959
>Word, Spoken : Announcement
>Kurtág, György : Hommage a Schubert, for piano (from Jatekok)
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Wigmore Hall Live releases a new CD by pianist Jonathan Biss of works by Franz Schubert and Gyorgy Kurtag. Recorded before a live audience at Wigmore Hall this past May, the album is Biss' first for the Wigmore Hall Live label. "It's very interesting how these kinds of pairings across the centuries work," said Biss. "It's not only that Kurtag responds to Schubert but also that the reverse is true. Somehow Schubert's music is changed and affected, and its chemistry is altered by sharing a platform with Kurtag."

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
Jonathan Biss chooses to program Schumann and Janacek together. He is not the only one who has done this recently: Piotr Anderszewski regularly performs the two together in his concerts, as does Marc-Andre Hamelin (his take on Schumann and Janacek is also covered in this review). Movements from the Fantasy Pieces are interspersed with five movements from On the Overgrown Path to reveal connections despite two different musical idioms. The pairings are done thoughtfully - Schumann's 'Warum' and Janacek's 'Blown Away Leaf' have the same lyrical qualities. Biss's approach is moderate, without much harshness or fury, but full of vivid colors. Davidsbundlertanze, dramatic and evocative, is well done. A very sensitive 'Gesange der Fruhe' concludes the program.



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>György Kurtág (1926 - ) : Games
  • Performer: Jonathan Biss (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in C major, D 840 "Reliquie"
  • Performer: Jonathan Biss (Piano)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 04/1825
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in A major, D 959
  • Performer: Jonathan Biss (Piano)
  • Running Time: 39 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 09/1828
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Word, Spoken : Announcement
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Live

>György Kurtág (1926 - ) : Hommage à Schubert, for piano (from Játékok)
  • Performer: Jonathan Biss (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Live