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Schubert Live, Vol 2 / Imogen Cooper

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in C minor, D 958
>Schubert, Franz : Moments musicaux (6) for Piano, D 780/Op. 94
>Schubert, Franz : Deutsche Tänze, Op. 33
>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in G major, D 894/Op. 78
>Schubert, Franz : Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 935/Op. 142
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Imogen Cooper's Schubert Live, Vol. I was a runaway success, both critically and commercially. Now, she continues her exploration of Schubert's late piano music with the second volume in her series for Avie, recorded live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. Her selection for volume two reflects the public appetite, in the 1820s, for shorter piano pieces, which resulted in Six Moments Musicaux, D780 and Four Impromptus, D 935. January 2010 appearances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

” There is not a misstep on this CD; Immogen Cooper plays Schubert’s music as if it were part of her very being, with astonishing technical ease. She is very attentive to every nuance of phrasing and expression, seemingly as if her musical instincts were derived from Schubert himselfThe recorded sound is superb; the piano is rich and expressive. There are virtually no audience noises until the rapturous applause at the end of the concert.”-Fanfare

Sunday Times
Every note amply justifies Cooper's Schubertian credentials. She maintains perfect balance between intellect and emotion, tuning into what the Germans call Sehnsucht - a kind of longing - and subtly delineating shades of light and dark...Outstanding.

Gramophone Magazine
These two CDs contain some of the most wonderful Schubert-playing I have ever heard. ... one thing Cooper can do is make the piano sing... Colours are gracefully shaded, dynamics are artfully controlled and contained; there are no intrusive idiosyncrasies... to detract from the enchantment. ...there is throughout a serenity and poise to the playing which is pure balm for the soul. Here is a great artist of taste and integrity.

BBC Music Magazine
... Imogen Cooper is second to none in Schubert. The sound she so carefully makes is a glorious companion throughout, casting radiance on the first two Moments musicaux, the spellbinding last of the four impromptus, and even a rare moment of transcendence in the otherwise straightforward if well sprung German Dances. ...she finds her own independent way with the opening of the C minor Sonata, strong and surprisingly buoyant with lovely staccatos and later magical enharmonic transformations. The tour de force of the final tarantella, following on the heels of the elusive minuet, never palls in its mercurial variety, and the slip into B major is a glimpse into a strange new world, a little touch of heaven.



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Works Details

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in C minor, D 958
  • Performer: Imogen Cooper (Piano)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1828
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Schubert, Franz : Moments musicaux (6) for Piano, D 780/Op. 94
  • Performer: Imogen Cooper (Piano)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: ?1823-28
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Schubert, Franz : Deutsche Tänze, Op. 33
  • Performer: Imogen Cooper (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: Circa 11/1824.
  • Running Time: 11 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 11/1824
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in G major, D 894/Op. 78
  • Performer: Imogen Cooper (Piano)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 10/1826
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Schubert, Franz : Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 935/Op. 142
  • Performer: Imogen Cooper (Piano)
  • Running Time: 39 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 12/1827
  • Studio/Live: Live