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Schubert: Sonate D 574, Rondo Op 70, etc / Faust, Melnikov

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Fantasy for Violin and Piano in C major, D 934/Op. 159
>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, D 574/Op. 162
>Schubert, Franz : Rondo for Violin and Piano in B minor, D 895/Op. 70 "Rondo Brillant"
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Notes & Reviews:

Schubert wrote relatively little for the combination of piano and violin, but his output displays an astonishing variety of form and ambition. The sonata in A major of 1817 was the last of his contributions to what one might call 'domestic music-making.' Ten years later, coming after the 'Rosamunde' and 'Death and the Maiden' quartets, Schubert's 'Rondo' Op. 70 is amazingly vital, while the 'Fantasy' in C major emerges as a model of lightweight cheerfulness. Isabelle Faust is joined here by her frequent chamber music partner, pianist Alexander Melnikov.

The Independent - Rob Cowan
Alexander Melnikov's bright, at times almost puckish, piano playing is perfectly matched by the violinist Isabel Faust. She is one of the few violinists who virtually always hits the note dead-centre, and her rapport with Melnikov is clear.

BBC Music Magazine
The song-variations at the heart of the Fantaisie put on a good show of polite drawing-room charm, but the strange tremolando introduction strays close to a very late-Schubertian emotional cliff-edge. Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov are particularly successful in that strange, haunting opening.

Gramophone Magazine
The Fantasie's finale and the Rondo are irresistibly lively and scripted, and this duo's technical finesses extends to more poetic episodes - Melnikov's tremolo at the start of the Fantasie shimmers delicately, while the filigree passagework in the last of the variations that form the Fantasie's centrepiece have a delightful poise and sense of ease.



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>Schubert, Franz : Fantasy for Violin and Piano in C major, D 934/Op. 159
  • Performers: Alexander Melnikov (Piano); Isabelle Faust (Violin)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 12/1827

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, D 574/Op. 162
  • Performers: Alexander Melnikov (Piano); Isabelle Faust (Violin)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 08/1817

>Schubert, Franz : Rondo for Violin and Piano in B minor, D 895/Op. 70 "Rondo Brillant"
  • Performers: Alexander Melnikov (Piano); Isabelle Faust (Violin)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1826