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Franz Schubert: Moments musicaux

Valery Afanassiev

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Moments musicaux, D.780  
C Major. Moderato
Franz Schubert; Valery Afanassiev
A-Flat Major. Andantino
Franz Schubert; Valery Afanassiev
F Minor. Allegro moderato
Franz Schubert; Valery Afanassiev
C-Sharp Minor. Moderato
Franz Schubert; Valery Afanassiev
F Minor. Allegro vivace
Franz Schubert; Valery Afanassiev
A-Flat Major. Allegretto
Franz Schubert; Valery Afanassiev
Sonata in D Major, D.850  
Allegro vivace
Franz Schubert; Valery Afanassiev
Con moto
Franz Schubert; Valery Afanassiev
Scherzo. Allegro vivace
Franz Schubert; Valery Afanassiev
Rondo. Allegro moderato
Franz Schubert; Valery Afanassiev
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    70:43
"... (attests) to just how fascinating a character Schubert is and just how great is his music ... you do not want to be without (this album) ..." - Fanfare "The playing is undoubtedly fine and I appreciate the new angles we are given on Schubert ... beautifully recorded and certainly stimulating ..." - MusicWeb International Russian pianist Valery Afanassiev, renowned for his strikingly individual and deeply introspective interpretations of the music of Franz Schubert, pairs two often extrovert works by the composer: the set of Moments musicaux and the Sonata D 850, both recorded in September 2010. Completed one year before the composer’s premature death, the Moments musicaux brim with song and dance as well as Schubert’s characteristic mood swings from major to minor and from light to dark. The Sonata D 850 is one of Schubert’s most ebullient piano sonatas, with yodelling-like melodies, simulated horn calls and strongly syncopated rhythms, but like so many works by the composer, there are passages with an air of nostalgia and emotional ambiguity.
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Recorded September 2010, Auditorio Radiotelevisione svizzera, Lugano Tonmeister: Peter Laenger Cover Photo: Caterina di Perri Liner Photos: Vladimir Meckler, Guido Werner (p. 3) Design: Sascha Kleis Produced by Manfred Eicher

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