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Franz Schubert: Sonatas & Impromptus

András Schiff

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4 Impromptus, Op. 90, D. 899  
1
1. Allegro molto moderato
Franz Schubert; András Schiff
9:32
2
2. Allegro
Franz Schubert; András Schiff
4:39
3
3. Andante
Franz Schubert; András Schiff
4:59
4
4. Allegretto
Franz Schubert; András Schiff
7:21
Piano Sonata No. 19 in C Minor, D. 958  
5
1. Allegro
Franz Schubert; András Schiff
10:35
6
2. Adagio
Franz Schubert; András Schiff
7:00
7
3. Menuetto (Allegro)
Franz Schubert; András Schiff
3:04
8
4. Allegro
Franz Schubert; András Schiff
9:13
3 Klavierstücke, D. 946  
9
1. Allegro assai
Franz Schubert; András Schiff
9:12
10
2. Allegretto
Franz Schubert; András Schiff
11:46
11
3. Allegro
Franz Schubert; András Schiff
5:31
Piano Sonata No. 20 in A Major, D. 959  
12
1. Allegro
Franz Schubert; András Schiff
15:45
13
2. Andantino
Franz Schubert; András Schiff
7:13
14
3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)
Franz Schubert; András Schiff
5:30
15
4. Rondo (Allegretto)
Franz Schubert; András Schiff
12:35
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    2:03:55
“I cannot think of anyone of his calibre who has mastered the fortepiano as well as the modern piano and shown such distinction on both. In Schubert Schiff has a claim to be considered sovereign among today’s players, carrying forward the reading and interpretation of him into areas that others have not fully explored.”
- Gramophone (Editor's Choice)

In the latest chapter in András Schiff’s ongoing documentation of Franz Schubert’s music, the great pianist plays the Four Impromptus D 899, and compositions from 1828, the last year of Schubert’s too brief life: The Three Pieces D 946 (“impromptus in all but name” notes Misha Donat in the booklet), the C minor Sonata D 958 and the A major Sonata D 959. Schiff again chooses to use his fortepiano made by Franz Brodmann in Vienna, around 1820.

“It is to me ideally suited to Schubert’s keyboard works,” he has said. “There is something quintessentially Viennese in its timbre, its tender mellowness, its melancholic cantabilità.” Critics have agreed, unanimous also in their praise of Schiff’s interpretations.
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