SCHUBERT Piano Sonatas / Barenboim

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FRANZ SCHUBERT

Piano Sonatas
Klaviersonaten
Daniel Barenboim
Int. Release 18 Aug. 2014
5 CDs / Download
0289 479 2783 9 5 CDs DDD GH5


Track List

CD 1: Schubert: Piano Sonatas

Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828)
Piano Sonata No.4 In A Minor, D.537

Piano Sonata No.7 In E Flat, D. 568

Daniel Barenboim

Total Playing Time 49:17

CD 2: Schubert: Piano Sonatas

Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828)
Piano Sonata No.9 In B, D.575

2.
5:40

Piano Sonata No.13 In A, D.664

6.
4:24

7.
7:44

Piano Sonata No.14 In A Minor, D.784

9.
4:08

Daniel Barenboim

Total Playing Time 1:08:33

CD 3: Schubert: Piano Sonatas

Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828)
Piano Sonata No.16 In A Minor, D.845

1.
10:52

Piano Sonata No.17 In D, D.850

6.
12:51

Daniel Barenboim

Total Playing Time 1:17:02

CD 4: Schubert: Piano Sonatas

Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828)
Piano Sonata No.18 In G, D.894

2.
9:07

4.
9:23

Piano Sonata No.20 In A, D.959

5.
15:54

6.
8:01

Daniel Barenboim

Total Playing Time 1:20:49

CD 5: Schubert: Piano Sonatas

Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828)
Piano Sonata No.19 In C Minor, D.958

1.
11:09

2.
7:45

4.
10:01

Piano Sonata No.21 In B Flat, D.960

Daniel Barenboim

Total Playing Time 1:15:55

. . . a near definitive set of Schubert's sonatas . . . With this collection, Barenboim asserts his position among the greatest pianists of our time, bringing out every nuance and emotion with his immaculate technique and virtuosity.

. . . highly charged grandeur contrasted with expansive lyricism.

Barenboim aims for clarity, showing Schubert's development as a composer with the sonatas part of the intimate 'musical diary' which includes the songs and other chamber music . . . There's plenty of good music to be discovered in the six or so sonatas left out of this [substantial collection] . . . [the] great musician's thoughtfulness and sensitivity are always present in his playing. He doesn't overwork these sonatas, allowing Schubert to speak, sing and indeed cry out to us in a sometimes disarmingly direct fashion . . . Barenboim is clear and direct, but he is by no means superficial . . . Without going through each sonata and providing blow by blow accounts of how sublimely satisfying everything is I would hope readers can extrapolate that the highlighted qualities of the few also represent the many. I very much enjoy Barenboim's contrast in, for instance, the opening Moderato of D. 845, in which melting beauty dances cheek by jowl with a sense of fun in the Viennese salons. Then there's the absolute sense of poise and delicate shading of colour in the Molto moderato e cantabile of D. 894. With the superb depth of the recording quality in this set nothing Barenboim places before us is wasted. His highly sustained level of communication is a joy to behold and to hear unfold . . . what Barenboim brings to the Schubert stable is very worthwhile indeed . . .

. . . [Schuberts Sonatenwelt] sei Musik voller Kontraste, der es gelinge, gegensätzliche Gefühle in eine Harmonie zu bringen: Freude und Melancholie zugleich. Und genau dieses Spannungsfeld lotet Barenboim differenziert und detailfreudig aus. Er setzt mit überraschend leisen Momenten Zäsuren, ebenso wie mit einer regelrecht kühn zupackenden Pranke. Und auch das Banale, das Schuberts Musik manchmal hat, wenn er sich vom Volksliedhaften inspirieren lässt und sich dem schwingenden Takt eines Ländlers hingibt, klingt bei Barenboim keineswegs plump, sondern hat immer auch etwas Subtiles . . . Herausragend sind vor allem die langsamen Sätze, schlicht, beinahe zerbrechlich schön, auch im Leisesten vielschichtig ausbalanciert -- man erkennt den Dirgenten, der alle Details im Blick hat. Und es gelingt Barenboim, dass sein moderner Flügel fast wie ein Hammerklavier klingt. In einem Zeitraum von gerade einmal 13 Jahren hat Schubert seine Sonaten komponiert. Barenboim hat sie auf fünf CDs vereint und einen facettenreichen Bogen geschaffen, kontrastreich dank einer Klangpalette, die nicht viele zur Verfügung haben.

  • Daniel Barenboim performs an excerpt of Schubert's piano sonata in D major from his new album "SCHUBERT: Piano Sonatas" on Deutsche Grammophon.


  • Daniel Barenboim performs an excerpt of Schubert's piano sonata in D major from his new album "SCHUBERT: Piano Sonatas" on Deutsche Grammophon.

    Schubert's piano sonatas have been underestimated and in part sorely neglected for a long time, even though they demonstrate most impressively how extraordinarily creative this exceptional composer was. They constitute their own unique cosmos, and for a musician, it is both a challenging and a rewarding task to perform them.


  • Daniel Barenboim speaks about his new album "SCHUBERT: Piano Sonatas" on Deutsche Grammophon.


  • Daniel Barenboim speaks about his new album "SCHUBERT: Piano Sonatas" on Deutsche Grammophon.


  • Daniel Barenboim speaks about his new album "SCHUBERT: Piano Sonatas" on Deutsche Grammophon with French subtitles.