Schubert: Complete Works for Violin and Piano, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
As with any work by a composer who barely lived into his thirties, the "Op. 137 Violin Sonatas" (Sonatinas) of Franz Schubert are clearly early works. Written at the tender age of 19, however, these three sonatas are especially youthful even for Schubert. The opening movement of the "D major Sonata" is entirely Mozartian, and is forever compared to the "K. 304 Sonata." Whether an homage or imitation, Schubert at once proves that he is capable of working in the strictly classical tradition before moving directly into the rest of Op. 137 with more trademark "Schubertian" characteristics. Performing these three sonatas on this PentaTone Classics SACD are violinist Julia ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
As with any work by a composer who barely lived into his thirties, the "Op. 137 Violin Sonatas" (Sonatinas) of Franz Schubert are clearly early works. Written at the tender age of 19, however, these three sonatas are especially youthful even for Schubert. The opening movement of the "D major Sonata" is entirely Mozartian, and is forever compared to the "K. 304 Sonata." Whether an homage or imitation, Schubert at once proves that he is capable of working in the strictly classical tradition before moving directly into the rest of Op. 137 with more trademark "Schubertian" characteristics. Performing these three sonatas on this PentaTone Classics SACD are violinist Julia Fischer and pianist Martin Helmchen. As her many previous successful albums have already demonstrated, Fischer is a force to be reckoned with. From the first note of the album, her Guadagnini violin sings forth with an impossibly pure, clear, beautiful tone that few can achieve. Her intonation is flawless throughout the disc, and her considerable technical skills back up her keen musical understanding of Schubert's score and delivery of precisely what is on the page free from unnecessary and undesirable affectations. The collaboration with Helmchen is one of seamless understanding and fluidity. Helmchen's touch is as sensitive and graceful as Fischer's, and the two together produce an entirely beautiful soundscape filled with moving dynamics, precise articulation, and sublime balance. The disc concludes with the much later and considerably darker "B minor Rondo, Op. 70," which contrasts nicely with the less intense "Op. 137 Sonatas." PentaTone's sound is spacious and inviting, and those listening in multichannel mode will enjoy the sensation of sitting right between Fischer and Helmchen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/29/2009
  • Label: Pentatone
  • UPC: 827949034763
  • Catalog Number: 5186347
  • Sales rank: 67,960

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Julia Fischer Primary Artist
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