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Classical - Released September 13, 2019 | Sony Classical


Classical - Released September 27, 2019 | Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC)


Classical - To be released November 1, 2019 | Sony Classical

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Solo Piano - Released April 12, 2019 | ECM New Series

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For a truly great interpretation it’s not enough just to play a historical instrument, the playing also has to be up to scratch. This recording released by the world-renowned label ECM showcases a pianist of the highest calibre playing the wonderful Viennese Brodmann piano. András Schiff captures the convergence of thought and sound remarkably well and seldom before have we been given so much insight into Schubert’s innermost thoughts. The softness and the unmistakable legato that the pianist produces on this Viennese instrument give the Sonatas D. 958 and D. 959 an indescribable feeling of nostalgia. But Schubert’s inward revolt was growing and András Schiff leads us steadily to the edge of the abyss. The crystalline sounds of the Scherzo in the Sonata D. 959 are as enchanting as the sound of ancient harpists who were so often depicted by German Romantics. This exploration into sound is also marvellous in the Impromptus D. 899 and the 3 Klavierstücke D. 946 or “Three Piano Pieces”, which have a very expressive counterpoint that differ from the unfathomable depth of the sonatas. This album is a revelation into a whole new world of sound that is unveiled as András Schiff’s fingers touch the keys. Inspiring. © François Hudry/Qobuz

Lieder (German) - Released November 3, 2014 | harmonia mundi

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Matthias Goerne's 2014 release of Winterreise concludes his series of Franz Schubert's lieder on Harmonia Mundi. This is the third recording Goerne has made of the song cycle, following his 1997 album with Graham Johnson on Hyperion, and a live recording released in 2004 on Decca, where he was joined by Alfred Brendel in a recital at Wigmore Hall. Here, Goerne and his accompanist, Christoph Eschenbach, deliver a subtle version that is full of intense darkness. The gloom and despair of the wanderer is increasingly conveyed in Goerne's singing, so by the end of the journey, the feeling of exhaustion in Der Wegweiser (track 20) and Der Leiermann (track 24) brings the point of the cycle across. The recording is reasonably close to the performers and they have credible presence, which enhances the songs' deeply personal expression. This recording attests to the continuing popularity of Winterreise, and it is one of the best of several versions to be released in 2014.

Solo Piano - Released March 15, 2019 | Sony Classical

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Recordings of Schubert's swan song in the piano sonata genre, the Piano Sonata in B flat major, D. 960, are abundant, and Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili deserves credit for trying something well out of the mainstream. This said, your reaction to the album may correspond to your general orientation toward iconoclasm. Buniatishvili's approach has the virtue of being coherent: she plays Schubert in a Lisztian way, and to underscore this she wraps up the program with Liszt's transcription of the famed song Ständchen, from the Schwanengesang cycle, D. 957. The four Impromptus of Op. 90 strike a nice balance between pianistic freedom and the intimate dimensions of these pieces; sample the final A flat major piece to hear the strongest argument for what Buniatishvili is doing here. She has a good deal of Lisztian charisma and a way of making you listen to what she's doing. The B flat major sonata you may find less satisfying. The opening movement is quite deliberate, with lots of tempo rubato, large dynamic contrasts, and pregnant slowdowns, with an enormous and not fully explicable full stop before the recapitulation begins. Other pianists (Sviatoslav Richter comes to mind) have approached the work this way, but perhaps nobody has taken the slow movement as slowly as Buniatishvili does: she takes more than 14 minutes with it, where most pianists take nine or ten. The last two movements are more conventional, and they can't quite cash the checks that the enormous first two movements are writing. This is a case where your mileage (kilometers?) may definitely vary, but where the artist definitely hasn't made safe choices.

Solo Piano - Released September 8, 2017 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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With his 60th birthday approaching, the Polish pianist Krystian Zimerman thought it was time “to find the courage for works such as these and the last Beethoven sonatas. I’ve played these pieces for 30 years, but always feared them tremendously because of my unbelievable respect for the composers. Perhaps I worried that if I left them any longer, it would be too late.” Zimerman has used a normal piano, but fitted with a keyboard made by himself, designed to create qualities Schubert would have known in his instruments. Compared to a modern grand piano, the hammer strikes a different point of the string, enhancing its ability to sustain a singing sound – though it does also set up different overtones and the piano might sound strangely tuned. Also, the action is lighter. On a modern grand piano the many repeated notes in Schubert could turn into Prokofiev. According to Zimmerman, these two last Sonatas contribute significantly to our view of Schubert’s greatness, as “he switches into a different gear, daring radically to use new ideas in harmony and polyphony. Compared to his earlier sonatas, they could almost be by another composer.” The album was recorded in January 2016.

Classical - Released January 1, 2010 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 1989 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Trios - Released January 18, 2019 | Masterworks

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Film Soundtracks - Released January 1, 2004 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

One can certainly understand why so many listeners respond to Mitsuko Uchida's Schubert playing. Her warm, clear tone; her light, strong touch; her supple, powerful technique; her intimate, emotional interpretations: all these things are undeniably attractive. In this set of recordings made from 1997 through 2002, Uchida plays Schubert's music with sensitivity and sympathy, letting his lines sing, his harmonies sound, his rhythms dance, and his forms shimmer. For listeners looking to hear the beautiful in Schubert, Uchida's performances are a clear first choice. One can also understand why other listeners might prefer other Schubert players. Artur Schnabel found more depth in his harmonies, Radu Lupu found more poetry in his lines, Maria-João Pires found more lyricism in his melodies, Stephen Kovacevich found more drama in his forms, Wilhelm Kempff found more grandeur in his structures, and, of course, Sviatoslav Richter found more of everything -- more depth, more poetry, more lyricism, more drama, and far more grandeur and profundity -- than any other pianist ever found in Schubert's music. For listeners familiar with Schnabel, Lupu, Pires, Kovacevich, Kempff, or especially Richter's Schubert, Uchida's Schubert may seem pretty at best. Philips' piano sound is as Philips' piano sound has always been: translucent and luminous.

Classical - Released March 27, 2015 | ECM New Series

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Classical - Released January 31, 2008 | harmonia mundi

As fine a set of Schubert's piano trios as has ever been recorded, this 2008 release by the Trio Wanderer is true both to the letter and the spirit of Schubert's scores. There's joy, strength, sentimentality, and exaltation in the French trio's performances, a sense of openness and wonder. As in earlier recordings of piano trios by Brahms and Saint-Saëns, the Trio Wanderer once again demonstrates its mastery of ensemble playing, but there is something special about the playing of the music of the composer from whose famous song the group took its name. It is, in a word, lyricism. One can almost hear voices singing in the legato lines of violinist Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian and cellist Raphaël Pidoux and in the rounded phrasing with discrete but judicious applications of the sustaining pedal of pianist Vincent Coq. While the Allegros do not lack for force and the fortes do not want for power, it is in the expressive Andantes and intimate pianissimos that the Trio Wanderer's performances take flight. Recorded in clear, close, and immediate sound, this disc demands to be heard by listeners interested in the repertoire or the composer.

Lieder (German) - Released October 6, 2017 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released September 29, 2017 | RCA Red Seal


Classical - Released April 8, 2016 | Erato - Warner Classics

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Chamber Music - Released March 17, 2017 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released January 1, 1989 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)


Classical - Released January 1, 1997 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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