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Franz Schubert

András Schiff

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Grammy nomination - Producer of the Year, Classical, 2015

"Four Stars ... (explores) the wonderful colours of a Franz Brodmann fortepiano of 1820. Schiff conjures wisp-like sonorities and never makes an ugly sound ... the Moments musicaux crackle with incisive effects."
- The Guardian

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1
Ungarische Melodie in h-moll, D. 817
Franz Schubert; András Schiff
3:32
Sonate in G-Dur, Op.78, D. 894  
2
Molto moderato e cantabile
Franz Schubert; András Schiff
15:51
3
Andante
Franz Schubert; András Schiff
7:11
4
Menuett. Allegro moderato – Trio
Franz Schubert; András Schiff
4:16
5
Allegretto
Franz Schubert; András Schiff
9:02
Moments musicaux, Op.94, D. 780  
6
Moderato in C-Dur
Franz Schubert; András Schiff
5:32
7
Andantino in As-Dur
Franz Schubert; András Schiff
5:37
8
Allegro moderato in f-moll
Franz Schubert; András Schiff
1:59
9
Moderato in cis-moll
Franz Schubert; András Schiff
5:05
10
Allegro vivace in f-moll
Franz Schubert; András Schiff
2:16
11
Allegretto in As-Dur
Franz Schubert; András Schiff
6:49
12
Allegretto in c-moll, D. 915
Franz Schubert; András Schiff
4:56
Vier Impromptus, Op.142, D. 935  
13
Allegro moderato in f-moll
Franz Schubert; András Schiff
10:43
14
Allegretto in As-Dur
Franz Schubert; András Schiff
5:59
15
Andante in B-Dur
Franz Schubert; András Schiff
11:06
16
Allegro scherzando in f-moll
Franz Schubert; András Schiff
6:39
Sonate in B-Dur, D. 960  
17
Molto moderato
Franz Schubert; András Schiff
18:34
18
Andante sostenuto
Franz Schubert; András Schiff
7:49
19
Scherzo. Allegro vivace con delicatezza – Trio
Franz Schubert; András Schiff
3:59
20
Allegro ma non troppo – Presto
Franz Schubert; András Schiff
8:42
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    2:25:37
"Four Stars. His respect for the inherent limitations of his instrument’s dynamic range guides the music inwards. Intimacy and restraint are the keywords in performances which never seek to overpower either the listener or the instrument ... it’s Schiff’s achievement to sound fully at one with his unusual instrument’s natural voice."
- The Irish Times

András Schiff’s reputation as one of the great interpreters of the work of Franz Schubert is well established. He has always maintained that Schubert’s music is amongst the most moving ever written. The Hungarian pianist has long been concerned with period performance practice, leading to a gusto for period instruments, underlined on this remarkable recording. Schiff addresses two Schubert sonatas on a period instrument, a Franz Brodmann fortepiano built in Vienna in 1820, formerly owned by the Austro-Hungarian imperial family. The piano was carefully restored in 1965 in Basel; Schiff purchased it in 2010 and placed it on permanent loan to the Beethovenhaus in Bonn, where he is an honorary member.

"My fortepiano was built by Franz Brodmann in Vienna in 1820. It is to me ideally suited to Schubert’s keyboard works. There is something quintessentially Viennese in its timbre, its tender mellowness, its melancholic cantabilità ... it is in the quiet and quietest moments when Schubert, like nobody else, touches our hearts."
- András Schiff
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – ECM Records Studio Masters

Recorded July 2014
Kammermusiksaal H. J. Abs, Beethoven-Haus, Bonn
Tonmeister: Stephan Schellmann
Production coordination: Guido Gorna
Tuning and technical assistance: Georg F. Senn
Cover photo: Fotini Potamia
Liner photos: Barbara Klemm
Design: Sascha Kleis
Executive producer: Manfred Eicher

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