Ungarische Melodie in h-Moll D 817; Sonata in G-Dur D 894; Moments musicaux D 780;
Alegretto in c-Moll D 915; Vier Impromptus D 935; Sonata in B-Dur D 960
András Schiff, fortepiano
András Schiffs reputation as one of the great interpreters of the work of Franz Schubert is long-established. He has always maintained that Schuberts music is amongst the most moving ever written. Schiff underlined the point on his ECM New Series album with the C Major fantasies at the end of the 1990s, and he does so again on this remarkable recording, on which two Schubert sonatas, the Musical Moments, four Impromptus (D 935), the Hungarian Melody and an Allegretto are addressed on a period instrument, the fortepiano.
András Schiff: My fortepiano was built by Franz Brodmann in Vienna in 1820. It is to me ideally suited to Schuberts keyboard works. There is something quintessentially Viennese in its timbre, its tender mellowness, its melancholic cantabilità. ... It is in the quiet and quietest moments when Schubert - like nobody else - touches our hearts.
Recorded July 2-5, 2014 at Beethovenhaus Bonn
Recording Engineer/Mix: Stephan Schellmann
Produced by Manfred Eicher