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Schubert: Piano Sonata D. 958; Lieder; Fragments
     

Schubert: Piano Sonata D. 958; Lieder; Fragments

by Ian Bostridge
 
Another in an extremely successful line of collaborative Schubert recordings by pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and tenor Ian Bostridge, this installment focuses on the many fragments in Schubert's oeuvre. Andsnes' performance of the "D. 958 C minor Piano Sonata" is truly captivating, making him a worthy successor to the masterful Schubert

Overview

Another in an extremely successful line of collaborative Schubert recordings by pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and tenor Ian Bostridge, this installment focuses on the many fragments in Schubert's oeuvre. Andsnes' performance of the "D. 958 C minor Piano Sonata" is truly captivating, making him a worthy successor to the masterful Schubert recordings made by Alfred Brendel. With equally matched musical and technical skills, Andsnes' Schubert is simply pristine. His approach to the instrument is quite demonstrative, almost as though he's guiding his listeners through the music as he performs. Although the "D. 958 Sonata" is not an unfinished work, there are moments when the momentum of the piece suddenly stops; Andsnes goes so far as to tell listeners the precise times these moments occur in his introduction in the liner notes, brilliantly tying this sonata into the remainder of the album. The fragments included on the CD are absolutely wrenching -- such a shame that Schubert either chose not to complete these works or was unable to before his untimely death. Tenor Ian Bostridge is not only a magnificent vocalist, but a wonderful complement to Andsnes playing. Bostridge's voice is satisfyingly warm and round for a tenor; he emotes continuously, telling the story of the text right along Andsnes. This album, along with others in the series, is absolutely worth adding to any collection.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times - Anthony Tommasini
Elegant, sensitive and exciting.... Andsnes treats the mood swings in the C minor Sonata with straightforward musical integrity and plays with vigor, clarity and sweep.... Bostridge sings with keen sensitivity to the text and expressive vocal inflections.
Gramophone - Jeremy Nicholas
A superlative account of the C minor Sonata.... If there is a more exuberant account of the final tarantella I have yet to hear it.
BBC Music Magazine - Michael Church
Leif Ove Andsnes here deals beautifully with the Sonata itself.... Bostridge, too, is in fine form.
The Guardian - Andrew Clements
Andsnes [plays] with impressive clarity.... Bostridge's accounts are models of perfect tonal weight and diction.
Daily Telegraph - Matthew Rye
Andsnes captures that rare merging of personalities - the uncompromising robustness of the older composer and expansive songfulness of the younger - with lithe and purposeful pianism that gets to the heart of the music.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/03/2007
Label:
Emi Classics
UPC:
0094638432128
catalogNumber:
84321

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Tracks

  1. Piano Sonata No. 19 in C minor, D. 958  - Franz Schubert  - Leif Ove Andsnes
  2. Harfenspieler I ("Wer sich der Einsamkeit ergibt"), song for voice & piano (two versions), D. 478 (Op. 12/1)  - Franz Schubert  - Leif Ove Andsnes  - Ian Bostridge
  3. Harfenspieler II ("An die Türen will ich schleichen"), song for voice & piano (two versions), D. 479 (Op. 12/3)  - Franz Schubert  - Leif Ove Andsnes  - Ian Bostridge
  4. Harfenspieler III ("Wer nie sein Brot mit Thränen ass"), song for voice & piano (three versions), D. 480 (Op. 12/2)  - Franz Schubert  - Leif Ove Andsnes  - Ian Bostridge  - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  5. Totengräbers Heimweh ("O Menschheit, o Leben..."), song for voice & piano, D. 842  - Franz Schubert  - Leif Ove Andsnes  - Ian Bostridge  - Jakob Nikolaus Craigher de Jachelutta
  6. Pflicht und Liebe ("Du, der ewig um mich trauert"), song for voice & piano, D. 467  - Franz Schubert  - Leif Ove Andsnes  - Ian Bostridge  - Friedrich Wilhelm Gotter
  7. Allegretto for piano in C minor (fragment), D. 900  - Franz Schubert  - Leif Ove Andsnes
  8. Lebensmut ("Fröhlicher Lebensmut"), song for voice & piano (Fragment), D. 937  - Franz Schubert  - Leif Ove Andsnes  - Ian Bostridge  - Ludwig Rellstab
  9. Allegretto for piano in C major (fragment), D. 346  - Franz Schubert  - Leif Ove Andsnes
  10. Johanna Sebus ("Der Damm zerreisst"), song for voice & piano (Fragment), D. 728  - Franz Schubert  - Leif Ove Andsnes  - Ian Bostridge  - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Richard Wigmore
  11. Andantino for piano in C major (fragment), D348  - Franz Schubert  - Leif Ove Andsnes

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