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Schubert Piano Works

by Inesa Sinkevych

Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. German Dances, Op 171, D 790
13:03 $0.99
2. Hungarian Melody in B Minor, D 817
3:54 $0.99
3. Adagio in E Major, D 612
4:56 $0.99
4. Impromptu in F Minor, Op. 142 No. 4
7:38 $0.99
5. Sonata in A Major, D 959 I. Allegro
11:54 $0.99
6. Sonata in A Major, D 959 II. Andantino
8:16 $0.99
7. Sonata in A Major, D 959 III. Scherzo: Allegro Vivace
5:33 $0.99
8. Sonata in A Major, D 959 IV. Rondo: Allegretto
11:52 $0.99
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Album Notes
Extraordinarily prolific composer Franz Schubert (1797-1828), made distinguished contributions to orchestral, chamber, and piano repertoire and to the advancement of the German lied. His solo piano output was extensive, quite remarkable for his 31 years. In addition to 11 complete piano sonatas, he produced numerous shorter works - impromptus, musical moments, fantasies, variations, sonata movements, and more than fifty opuses of dance forms, including écossaises, ländler and waltzes. However, by comparison with Beethoven, Schumann and Chopin, most of whose piano works are regularly performed and are now standard repertoire, only a surprisingly small portion of Schubert’s piano output has become familiar to most audiences.

Much of Schubert’s piano music was published only after his death and not widely circulated until a complete-works edition of 1897, remaining largely unknown until the beginning of the 20th century. The efforts of pianists Artur Schnabel, Wilhelm Kempff, Lily Kraus, Rudolf Serkin and Alfred Brendel to bring to wide public attention the beauty of Schubert’s art, created a much deserved revival during the second half of the 20th century. Still, the majority of Schubert’s piano works remain infrequently performed or recorded, and to many listeners are newly-discovered treasures.

The selections in this album date from the ten years between 1818-1828, encompassing both well-known and lesser-known works. The 12 German Dances, D.790 were composed in 1823. They are for the most part gentle and sensitive, full of charm, grace, and tenderness. The Hungarian Melody, D.817, a “tamed” Magyar dance, dates from September 1824, during the time when Schubert taught music to Count Esterházy’s two daughters in their summer home in Zseliz, where he was introduced to Hungarian and Gypsy music. The F Minor Impromptu, D.935, written three years later, combines similar Hungarian flavor with the increased expression of the mature Schubert. The earliest of these selections, the Adagio in E Major, D.612, by the 21-year-old composer in 1818, is a simple enchanting melody, at times decoratively intertwined with rapid and jubilant chromatic scales.

The A Major Sonata, D. 959 is the second of 3 last sonatas which Schubert composed in 3 weeks of September 1828, shortly before his death. This Sonata markes the pinnacle of Schubert’s attainment in the genre, giving a complete picture of the many sides of his rich and complex personality. The cyclic 4-movement form is framed by the 6–bar figure which introduces the work, returns as a reminiscence at the end of the 1st movment, and crowns the closing bars of the Finale. The desolate and nostalgic atmosphere of the main theme of the 2nd movement makes a striking contrast with the dramatic and menacing outburst of its central section. The sparkling and charming Scherzo that follows nevertheless contains a moment of shocking return to the explosion of the previous movement. The warm and expressive main theme of the Rondo 4th movement is taken from the variation movement of the earlier A-Minor Sonata, D. 537.



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