Just a small post to commemorate the composer's 213th birthday.
The performance of the Impromptus, D.899, heard here, confirms Curzon’s place as one of the great Schubert players of his generation. Indeed, the audience was so impressed that they couldn’t help applauding between each Impromptu. Not only does Curzon manage to play with a range of emotion, from limpid tenderness to controlled aggression, but his attention to the sound he produces from the piano never fails to impress.
Krystian Zimerman - the youngest ever winner of the prestigious Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw at the age of eighteen – giving his Homage to Chopin and Schubert. As a brilliant musician, a renown specialist in Romantic music Krystian Zimerman combines all the prerequisites for an authorative interpretation of Chopin´s works.
Le soliste témoigne d'un naturel et d'une simplicité qui ne subvertissent jamais le texte, ne perdant jamais de vue l'arc tendu de la tragédie derrière le sourire (Sonate, D.960). Soucieux de la narration, de la qualité de la palette sonore, du dosage du timbre (Impromptu n°3), il délivre une exécution très construite, aérée, respectueuse de la notion du temps schubertien. On subodore derrière la poésie et la tension dramatique toute la générosité et le don de soi qui rapprochent Sodi Braide de l'insondable errance du Wanderer avec une émotion pudique toujours relayée par une pulsation qui semble couler de source. Une telle conception soutient sans cesse l'intérêt et apporte assurément une pierre supplémentaire à la connaissance de l'interprétation des ultimes opus de Schubert.
While as an interpreter he is remembered most readily as an advocate of the piano music of Ludwig van Beethoven, Artur Schnabel's own favorite among the so-called "Great Masters" was Franz Schubert. Largely, Schnabel was able to record his little sips of Schubert in between great heaping gulps of Beethoven, and over a period of eighteen years managed to amass the 5 CDs worth of music that makes up Music and Arts' magnificent Artur Schnabel: The Complete Schubert Recordings. This set is "complete" in the sense that it includes every disc of Schubert that Schnabel made and approved for commercial release.
Acclaimed British pianist Paul Lewis returns to the music of Franz Schubert with another two-disc collection of works for solo piano. His fifth release in the series, this set features the great A minor Piano Sonata D.845, the Impromptus D.935, the Moments Musicaux D.780, the Allegretto D915 and the always-popular Wanderer Fantasy D.760. This release features some of Schubert's most popular and highly regarded compositions for piano and will undoubtedly further enhance Lewis' growing reputation as a specialist in this repertoire and a true heir to the great Alfred Brendel.