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Schubert, Mozart & Beethoven: Vienna Tales

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Catalogue numberLDV12
Release date2013-10-28
Discs1
Orig. sample rate96000Hz

Menahem Pressler, a living legend of the piano, has coupled three Viennese Classical works for this ‘birthday album’. In this recital, the tradition is Viennese. The city plays a key role in this music, as was later to be the case in Leipzig with Mendelssohn and Schumann. In his view, there is nothing more beautiful than the Mozart Rondo included here. This music contains both sadness and joy, feelings the interpreter has often experienced in his life. Here he records the piece, one of the most personal Mozart ever composed, for the very first time. By placing it alongside Beethoven’s Bagatelles, he underlines a spiritual link with Mozart. In Schubert’s Sonata in G major, Menahem Pressler has thought long and hard about how to convey the spirit of this free dance, which also refers to song, to the art of the lied. Menahem Pressler has honed his sonority to the point where it resembles a vocal timbre. His sound is infinitely warm, pure and tender, with notes of fruit and wood, like fine vintage wine. This disc is a true event, giving listeners the sensation of being transported back to a lost paradise, something like the ‘world of yesterday’ evoked by Stefan Zweig.
 
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  Composer: Franz Schubert
  Piano Sonata No. 18 in G Major, D. 894 44:24
01 I. Molto moderato e cantabile 18:34 $ 5.01 USD
02 II. Andante 09:29 $ 2.56 USD
03 III. Menuetto 05:36 $ 1.51 USD
04 IV. Allegretto 10:45 $ 2.90 USD
 
05 Rondo in A Minor, K. 511 10:24 $ 2.81 USD
 
  Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  Bagatelles, Op. 126 20:00
06 I. Andante con moto 03:19 $ 0.90 USD
07 II. Allegro 03:26 $ 0.93 USD
08 III. Andante 02:23 $ 0.64 USD
09 IV. Presto 04:29 $ 1.21 USD
10 V. Quasi allegretto 02:24 $ 0.65 USD
11 VI. Presto 03:59 $ 1.08 USD
 
  Album total 01:14:48
ComposerFranz Schubert
Ludwig van Beethoven
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
SoloistMenahem Pressler

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