David Fray – Schubert: Fantaisie (2015) [HighResAudio FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

David Fray – Schubert: Fantaisie (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:19:00 minutes | 1,24 GB | Genre: Classical
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David Fray returns to Schubert with his much-anticipated second recording of the composer’s piano music, a collection of passionate late works. Along with the Sonata in G D894 ‘Fantasie’ and the Hungarian Melody D817, Fray presents two duets for piano four-hands, both composed in the last year of Schubert’s life: the Fantasia in F minor D940 and the towering Allegro in A minor D947, ‘Lebensstürme’ (‘Storms of Life’). Fray invited Jacques Rouvier, his mentor and renowned teacher from the Paris Conservatoire, to join him in the studio, making this album a true labour of love.

The young French pianist’s Schubert interpretations are universally admired, both on disc and in recital. In its review of Fray’s 2009 album of the Moments musicaux and Impromptus D899, The Guardian praised his “discerning musicality… the sheer lucidity and polish of Fray’s playing, its exceptional command of colour and touch and the way he invariably uses that range of sound to point up musical structures in a meaningful way.” Gramophone declared it “a Schubert disc of the rarest distinction”, while BBC Music Magazine joined the fray with: “What’s immediately striking about his Schubert playing is its refinement, and variety of colour.”

Although Schubert composed over 20 sonatas, only three were published during his lifetime, of which the ‘Fantasie’ G Major Sonata D894, published in 1826, was the last. After Schubert’s death, Robert Schumann described this masterpiece as the “most perfect in form and conception” of all Schubert’s sonatas.

„Few pianists have been more acutely sensitive to Schubert’s complex inner world” (Gramophone)


Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Piano Sonata No. 18 in G Major, D. 894, ‘Fantasie’
1 I. Molto moderato e cantabile 19:09
2 II. Andante 07:57
3 III. Menuetto. Allegro moderato – Trio 04:07
4 IV. Allegretto 08:35

Hungarian Melody in B Minor, D. 817 (1896)
5 Hungarian Melody in B Minor, D. 817 03:28

Fantasia in F Minor for Piano Four Hands, D. 940 (1828)
6 Fantasia in F Minor for Piano Four Hands, D. 940 19:03

Allegro in A minor D947 ‘Lebensstürme’ (1828)
7 Allegro in A minor D947 ‘Lebensstürme’ (1828) 16:41

David Fray, piano
Jacques Rouvier, piano (on D940 und D947)



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