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SCHUBERT: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1, 8, 15, "Reliquie"

Composer(s):Schubert, Franz
Artist(s) Wallisch, Gottlieb, piano
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570118
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Schubert’s fragmentary and unfinished piano sonatas come from the period between 1815 and 1823. They are among his most innovative and puzzling works surviving, as it were, as experiments in composition while offering a fascinating insight into the composer’s creative process. This disc starts with Schubert’s very first sonata, continues with three fragments of sonatas remaining from his middle period, and ends with his last sonata fragment, an outstanding and progressive work that looks forward to the expressive world of Beethoven and Bruckner. Gottlieb Wallisch’s first recording of Schubert fragmentary Sonatas is available on Naxos 8.557189.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,September 2007

You have to admire Naxos’s determination to give us everything composers wrote, even to these crumbs from a master’s table. The earliest dates from 1815 when Schubert was 18 and teaching at his father’s school in Vienna. It may well be incomplete as just three movements have been handed down, the last being a Minuet, a dance that usually preceded a finale. The ‘authenticity’ of the Eighth -  from round 1817 -  is open to speculation. Certainly by Schubert, the ‘movements’ were published separately as stand alone pieces, and even then were incomplete in three instances, the Eighth sonata formed from these separate pieces. We move to the middle of his short life, a composer then in artistic trouble that started two



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