℗ 2008 PentaTone
Released September 1, 2008
Duration 1h 07m 12s
Record Label PentaTone
Catalogue No. PTC5186329
Genre Classical (Instrumental)

Schubert: Piano Sonata in A, D. 959 - 6 Moments musicaux

Martin Helmchen

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Piano Sonata No. 20 in A Major, D. 959  
I. Allegro
Franz Schubert; Martin Helmchen
II. Andante
Franz Schubert; Martin Helmchen
III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
Franz Schubert; Martin Helmchen
IV. Rondo. Allegretto
Franz Schubert; Martin Helmchen
6 Moments musicaux, Op. 94, D. 780  
No. 1 in C Major. Moderato
Franz Schubert; Martin Helmchen
No. 2 in A Flat Major. Andantino
Franz Schubert; Martin Helmchen
No. 3 in F Minor. Allegro moderato
Franz Schubert; Martin Helmchen
No. 4 in C Sharp Minor. Moderato
Franz Schubert; Martin Helmchen
No. 5 in F Minor. Allegro vivace
Franz Schubert; Martin Helmchen
No. 6 in A Flat Major. Allegretto
Franz Schubert; Martin Helmchen
Digital Booklet
"... Helmchen has a noble bearing and a noble sound, shaping lines as elegant and clean as a Greek temple’s." - The New York Times "Five Stars ... (the piano sonata) is performed by Helmchen with a naturalness which does justice to both its subtleties and stark contrasts. The Moments musicaux may be thought to play themselves, but this account of them is equally compelling and fresh." - BBC Music Magazine "Four Stars ... the sound is really excellent: broad, deep and ringing, with wondrous depth and spatial properties. Helmchen plays this music with full authority and clarity ... tough repertory in a crowded field demands some sturdy chops and Martin is off to a fine start." - Audiophile Audition "... such is the strength and poetic commitment of Helmchen's playing that he already makes comparison irrelevant ... one awe-inspiring moment would be the Andantino, naturally paced, enviably poised and focused ... suggests a young pianist of rare maturity and vision." - Gramophone The first solo recital album from young, rising star pianist Martin Helmchen displays his virtuosic yet unpretentious style on these works by Schubert. The album helped established his reputation for superbly fresh and energetic interpretations of beloved piano works.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM and 2.8224 MHz DSD – PentaTone Studio Masters

Recording venue : Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Cologne, Germany (Oct. 2007) A co-production of PentaTone Music and Deutschlandfunk Executive Producers: Maja Ellmenreich (Deutschlandfunk), Job Maarse (PentaTone) Recording Producer: Job Maarse Balance Engineer: Jean-Marie Geijsen Editing : Matthijs Ruijter Recording facility: Polyhymnia International BV Microphones: Neumann KM 130, DPA 4006 &DPA 4011 with Polyhymnia microphone buffer electronics. Microphone pre-amps: Custom build by Polyhymnia International BV and outputs directly connected to Meitner DSD AD converter. DSD recording, editing and mixing: Pyramix Virtual Studio by Merging Technologies Monitored on B&W Nautilus loudspeakers. Microphone, interconnect and loudspeaker cables by van den Hul.
Track titlePeak (dB FS)RMS (dB FS)DR
Album average
Range of values
-7.91 to -0.11
-33.26 to -20.94
12 to 18
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
IV. Rondo. Allegretto
No. 1 in C Major. Moderato
No. 2 in A Flat Major. Andantino
No. 3 in F Minor. Allegro moderato
No. 4 in C Sharp Minor. Moderato
No. 5 in F Minor. Allegro vivace
No. 6 in A Flat Major. Allegretto

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