Tuesday, 3 February 2009

245. Franz Schubert - Piano Sonata in G major, D894 (1826)


Title: Solo Piano Works
Performers: Arcadi Volodos
Year: 2001
Length: 39 minutes


A beautiful piano sonata by Schubert which really stands out for its slowly developing and very affecting first movement. The structure of the piece is also somewhat uncommon. Instead of alternating moods the piece seems to become increasingly cheery as it goes on. From the slow and melancholy first to the allegretto at the end.

A thing that Schubert manages to do unlike anyone before him is to give a sense of unity to his multiple movement pieces, and this one is another good example of it. The whole sonata seems to be one big developing work, and a great one as well.

Now that Beethoven is dead the crown of the Sonata has appropriately been taken by Schubert, as have many other crowns in fact, he is for a short time the greatest living composer in Europe.

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From Wikipedia:

This sonata is often called the Fantaisie.

The first part of the very long 1st movement:

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