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Alain Roudier | Franz Schubert: Impromptus, D. 899 - Klavierstück, D. 946 No. 2 - Valses Nobles, D. 969

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Franz Schubert: Impromptus, D. 899 - Klavierstück, D. 946 No. 2 - Valses Nobles, D. 969

by Alain Roudier

Pianoforte Conrad Graf (1828) Préparation du piano : Francis Duvernay Ingénieur du son : Luc Henrion (www.luc-henrion.be) Enregistrement produit avec le soutien de Marc Feller Couverture : Gustav Klimt - Schubert at the piano II (1899)
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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1. Impromptus, D. 899: No. 1, Allegro molto moderato
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2. Impromptus, D. 899: No. 2, Allegro
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3. Impromptus, D. 899: No. 3, Andante
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4. Impromptus, D. 899: No. 4, Allegretto
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5. Klavierstücke, D. 946: No. 2, Allegretto
14:47 $0.99
6. Valses nobles, D. 969: No. 1 en do majeur
0:47 $0.99
7. Valses nobles, D. 969: No. 2 en la majeur
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8. Valses nobles, D. 969: No. 3 en do majeur
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9. Valses nobles, D. 969: No. 4 en sol majeur
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10. Valses nobles, D. 969: No. 5 en do majeur
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11. Valses nobles, D. 969: No. 6 en do majeur
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12. Valses nobles, D. 969: No. 7 en mi majeur
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13. Valses nobles, D. 969: No. 8 en la majeur
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14. Valses nobles, D. 969: No. 9 en la mineur
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15. Valses nobles, D. 969: No. 10 en fa majeur
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16. Valses nobles, D. 969: No. 11 en do majeur
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17. Valses nobles, D. 969: No. 12 en do majeur
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In Viennese piano music from Biedermeier Vienna we find two seemingly contradictory aesthetic tendencies. The first is the valorisation of the large-scale, architecturally complex and goal-directed sonata form. The second is the unquestionable popularity of shorter and lighter forms derived from dance music of from improvisation. Both trends are evident, for example, in Schumann’s celebrated 1840 essay on Schubert’s C-Major Symphony D. 944, in which he simultaneously praised its ‘heavenly length’ and also the ‘life in every fiber, color in the finest shadings, meaning everywhere, the acutest etching of detail’.
The works on this recording date from the final two years of Schubert’s short life, an intensely fertile period, in which he also composed his last three sonatas, D. 958, 959 and 960, all in the direct lineage of Beethoven’s imposing late masterpieces. The Valses Nobles D. 969 (late 1826), the Four Impromptus, D. 899 (summer and autumn of 1827); and the Klavierstücke D. 946 (May 1828) share an appearance of lightness, with roots in the dance music and improvisations for which the composer was famous in his ‘Schubertiades’. The lightness is nonetheless illusory; these self-contained keyboard miniatures hold their own in comparison with Schubert’s late sonatas. In the same way that Beethoven relished working with the apparent constraints of variation form at the end of his life, Schubert seemed to enjoy the challenge of expanding the technical and aesthetic horizons of apparently simple binary and tertiary structures, creating musical realms infinitely richer than those found in the keyboard miniatures of his contemporaries. - Robert Adelson



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