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David Fray|Schubert: Impromptus, Op. 90 - Moments Musicaux, Op. 94 & Allegretto, D. 915

Schubert: Impromptus, Op. 90 - Moments Musicaux, Op. 94 & Allegretto, D. 915

David Fray

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The fact that David Fray is French rather than German or Austrian, and the fact that Schubert, whose Moments Musicaux, Allegretto in C minor, and first set of Impromptus Fray plays here, wasn't a composer at the dawn of his career but at the twilight of his life, may put this disc out of contention for some listeners because it challenges preconceptions about who can play Schubert, as well as just who Schubert was. There's no denying Fray has the effortless technique to play these pieces, though they are not the most difficult works in the repertoire. There's no question that his weighty textures, deliberate tempos, and autumnal tone seem more suited to Brahms than to Schubert. What makes Fray's Schubert convincing is neither his technique nor his tone, but the combination of the two, filtered through his acute sensibilities. Fray clearly believes that Schubert's late piano works reveal a composer obsessed with mortality (and Schubert had cause to be; he'd been diagnosed with syphilis only a few years earlier), and his melancholy interpretations support his beliefs. This approach may not appeal to everyone; listeners who hope for Perahia's sunny sparkle or Schiff's loving lyricism are not likely to appreciate it, but others may find Fray's Moments Musicaux and Impromptus enthralling. Virgin's digital sound is on the dark and heavy side, but it works for these performances.
© TiVo

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Schubert: Impromptus, Op. 90 - Moments Musicaux, Op. 94 & Allegretto, D. 915

David Fray

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6 Moments musicaux, Op. 94, D. 780: No. 1 in C Major
00:06:52

Franz Schubert, Composer - David Fray, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2009 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2009 Parlophone Records Limited

2
6 Moments musicaux, Op. 94, D. 780: No. 2 in A-Flat Major
00:07:43

Franz Schubert, Composer - David Fray, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2009 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2009 Parlophone Records Limited

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6 Moments musicaux, Op. 94, D. 780: No. 3 in F Minor
David Fray
00:02:13

Franz Schubert, Composer - David Fray, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2009 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2009 Parlophone Records Limited

4
6 Moments musicaux, Op. 94, D. 780: No. 4 in C-Sharp Minor
00:06:24

Franz Schubert, Composer - David Fray, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2009 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2009 Parlophone Records Limited

5
6 Moments musicaux, Op. 94, D. 780: No. 5 in F Minor
00:02:38

Franz Schubert, Composer - David Fray, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2009 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2009 Parlophone Records Limited

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6 Moments musicaux, Op. 94, D. 780: No. 6 in A-Flat Major
00:09:37

Franz Schubert, Composer - David Fray, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2009 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2009 Parlophone Records Limited

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Allegretto for Piano in C Minor, D. 915
00:06:07

Franz Schubert, Composer - David Fray, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2009 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2009 Parlophone Records Limited

8
4 Impromptus, Op. 90, D. 899: No. 1 in C Minor
00:10:38

Franz Schubert, Composer - David Fray, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2009 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2009 Parlophone Records Limited

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4 Impromptus, Op. 90, D. 899: No. 2 in E-Flat Major
00:05:25

Franz Schubert, Composer - David Fray, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2009 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2009 Parlophone Records Limited

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4 Impromptus, Op. 90, D. 899: No. 3 in G-Flat Major
00:06:24

Franz Schubert, Composer - David Fray, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2009 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2009 Parlophone Records Limited

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4 Impromptus, Op. 90, D. 899: No. 4 in A-Flat Major
00:08:31

Franz Schubert, Composer - David Fray, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2009 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2009 Parlophone Records Limited

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The fact that David Fray is French rather than German or Austrian, and the fact that Schubert, whose Moments Musicaux, Allegretto in C minor, and first set of Impromptus Fray plays here, wasn't a composer at the dawn of his career but at the twilight of his life, may put this disc out of contention for some listeners because it challenges preconceptions about who can play Schubert, as well as just who Schubert was. There's no denying Fray has the effortless technique to play these pieces, though they are not the most difficult works in the repertoire. There's no question that his weighty textures, deliberate tempos, and autumnal tone seem more suited to Brahms than to Schubert. What makes Fray's Schubert convincing is neither his technique nor his tone, but the combination of the two, filtered through his acute sensibilities. Fray clearly believes that Schubert's late piano works reveal a composer obsessed with mortality (and Schubert had cause to be; he'd been diagnosed with syphilis only a few years earlier), and his melancholy interpretations support his beliefs. This approach may not appeal to everyone; listeners who hope for Perahia's sunny sparkle or Schiff's loving lyricism are not likely to appreciate it, but others may find Fray's Moments Musicaux and Impromptus enthralling. Virgin's digital sound is on the dark and heavy side, but it works for these performances.
© TiVo

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