Warner Classics / 2007

Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 19 in C minor D958, fragments & lieder

 Ian Bostridge (tenor)

“Andsnes opens proceedings with a superlative account of the C minor Sonata… If there is a more exuberant recording of the final tarantella I have yet to hear it. I love the heroic tone Bostridge brings to Lebensmut (“Courage for Living”) and Johanna Sebus (“The dam bursts, the fields roar…”) in performances of wonderful freshness and spontaneity. Bravo.” – Gramophone
Track Listing
Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 19 in C minor, D958
1. Allegro
2. Adagio – sempre ligato
3. Menuetto
4. Allegro

Schubert: Gesaenge des Harfners D478
5. I. Wer sich der Einsamkeiter gibt, ach!
6. III. Wer nie sein Brot mit Traenen ass
6. III. An di Türen will ich schleichen

8. Schubert: Totengräbers Heimwehe D842 (Craigher)
9. Schubert: Pflicht und Liebe, D.467
10. Schubert: Allegretto, D900 in C minor
11. Schubert: Lebensmuth, D937
12. Schubert: Allegretto in C, D.346
13. Schubert: Johanna Sebus, D.728
14. Schubert: Andantino in C, D.348

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Leif Ove Andsnes here deals beautifully with the Sonata itself. Andsnes’s performance is smooth and warmly expressive, with the final tarantella going at a galloping lick. Bostridge, too, is in fine form, evincing a tremulous vulnerability in Schubert’s settings of three poems of Romantic alienation: his singing suggests a great surrounding stillness.

BBC Music Magazine

*****

This partnership is one of the most inspired of record-company matchmakings: the two musicians really do test and try each other at every turn, as well as being mutually supportive.

The Times (UK)

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