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Franz Schubert: Late Piano Works, Vol. 2

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Following his highly acclaimed first album of late piano works by Franz Schubert, the Florentine pianist Andrea Lucchesini now delves into Schubert’s monumental B-flat major Piano Sonata – the pianistic legacy of the short-lived Viennese composer.more

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Following his highly acclaimed first album of late piano works by Franz Schubert, the Florentine pianist Andrea Lucchesini now delves into Schubert’s monumental B-flat major Piano Sonata – the pianistic legacy of the short-lived Viennese composer.

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Franz Schubert Piano Sonata No. 21 in B-Flat Major, D. 960 (45:48) Andrea Lucchesini

Franz Schubert Three Piano Pieces, D. 946 (33:00) Andrea Lucchesini

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"[...] this Italian pianist manages to make it all seem as though created on the spur of the moment [...]." (BBC Music Magazine)
"Where others press ahead, Lucchesini lovingly lingers." (Gramophone)
"[...] a recording of exemplary clarity and perfection - also in relation to the sound." (Fono Forum)

Following the first instalment of his three-part Schubert series, the Florentine pianist Andrea Lucchesini now approaches the sanctum of Schubert's keyboard music: the Piano Sonata in B-flat major D. 960, composed a few weeks before the composer's untimely death in November 1828.

Over the last two decades, the 54-year-old pianist, who studied with Maria Tipo for many years, has increasingly devoted himself to chamber music and has also recorded the complete Beethoven sonatas. Both experiences influence his recording of Schubert's late work for the piano. Here, too, Lucchesini reveals a cosmos of colours and he revisits the tempi, emphasising contrasts and dramatic curves. Chamber music has inspired him to develop a "conversational" style - often there is a sense of dialogue, announcement or even lively communication.

Amongst the last three piano sonatas, the Sonata in B-flat major adopts a lyrical tone. But above all, Schubert takes time to develop his musical themes - Robert Schumann was astounded by what he called the "heavenly lengths" (and he intended to emphasise the "heavenly" aspect). But there are also abysses that were probably as inexplicable for contemporary listeners as they are for us today: sudden stops, trills in the lowest registers, the funeral music of the second movement - and then again a carefree scherzo and a serene finale.
On this album the monumental Sonata in B-flat major is combined with the three piano pieces D. 946.

Volume 3 is due to be released in autumn 2020.

Reviews

American Record Guide | November / December 2020 | Alan Becker | November 1, 2020

Yet another fine performance of Schubert’s last sonata to compete with endless others. This one certainly has enough gravitas in the opening MoltoMehr lesen

Yet another fine performance of Schubert’s last sonata to compete with endless others. This one certainly has enough gravitas in the opening Molto moderato—perhaps a little too much. Intensity of concentration in the Andante sostenuto may sometimes seem to interrupt the flow, but what some may see as mannerism, others will embrace as interpretive genius. While I have yet to hear his other recordings in this series of the late piano works, I will certainly address that omission should the opportunity present itself. The Italian pianist most definitely deserves the effort.

Sprits are appropriately lifted in the Scherzo and Final Allegro, ma non troppo, though we can never lose sight of the impending death of one of the world’s greatest music masters.

The three pieces, D 946, left unpublished at Schubert’s death, are less frequent visitors to the world of recitals, though many recordings exist. This one is a strong entry, with enough power and forward thrust to make us sit up and give our full attention. The lyricism is prime Schubert, and Lucchesini embraces it with warmth. With the Steinway D sounding wonderful, decent, if not outstanding notes, and generous playing time we have a very competitive entry—if not quite at the top, definitely not far from it.
Yet another fine performance of Schubert’s last sonata to compete with endless others. This one certainly has enough gravitas in the opening Molto

Audiophile Audition
Audiophile Audition | Oct 28, 2020 | Gary Lemco | October 28, 2020 | source: https://www.auda...

Lucchesini’s pearly play has consistently bestowed a level of poetic content in this performance that ought to be savored.Mehr lesen

Aus urheberrechtlichen Gründen dürfen wir ihnen diese Rezension leider nicht zeigen!
Lucchesini’s pearly play has consistently bestowed a level of poetic content in this performance that ought to be savored.

Fono Forum
Fono Forum | Oktober 2020 | Matthias Kornemann | October 1, 2020 Kurz und knapp
Zwei Schubert-Zyklen reifer Interpreten gehen in die zweite Runde. Unterschiedlicher könnten sie nicht sein, aber herausragend sind sie beide.

Bei Andrea Lucchesini hat man von den ersten, warm strömenden Takten an das Gefühl, er überblicke die ganze Geschichte der B-Dur-Sonate, und keinMehr lesen

Bei Andrea Lucchesini hat man von den ersten, warm strömenden Takten an das Gefühl, er überblicke die ganze Geschichte der B-Dur-Sonate, und kein Detail-Raffinement bricht diesen großen epischen Fluss, der sich in ganz konventionellen stilistischen Bahnen bewegt. Der Schluss des Andantes ist ein erstaunliches Exempel man möchte fast altmodisch sagen: keuscher, emotionaler Zurückhaltung. Er ist sich seiner gestalterischen Kraft so sicher, dass er die Mittel, mit denen er dieses Verdämmern gestaltet, derart zurücknehmen kann, dass wir kaum darauf achten, wie vollkommen er pedalisiert oder die unerhörten Harmoniewechsel ausleuchtet. Die zartsinnige Kunst, das Letzte nicht auszusprechen, gipfelt in der herzzerreißenden as-Moll-Episode des zweiten der späten Klavierstücke D. 946. […]
Bei Andrea Lucchesini hat man von den ersten, warm strömenden Takten an das Gefühl, er überblicke die ganze Geschichte der B-Dur-Sonate, und kein

www.artalinna.com | 21 JULY 2020 | Jean-Charles Hoffelé | July 21, 2020 | source: http://www.artal... LE DISQUE DU JOUR
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Andrea Lucchesini fait venir de très loin la rumeur qui ouvre l’ultimeMehr lesen

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Andrea Lucchesini fait venir de très loin la rumeur qui ouvre l’ultime

BBC Music Magazine
BBC Music Magazine | July 2020 | Natasha Loges | July 1, 2020

The second instalment of Andrea Lucchesini's Schubert project combines the composer's vast, final sonata with the three pieces (D946) left unpublishedMehr lesen

The second instalment of Andrea Lucchesini's Schubert project combines the composer's vast, final sonata with the three pieces (D946) left unpublished at the time of his death. For Lucchesini, these works should be approached as extended songs. His tonal palette ranges from shoutily vulgar to subtly hushed. There are welcome touches of historically-informed practice, such as the gentle misaligning of the two hands.

Lucchesini sacrifices a steady pulse, preferring to shape each phrase in an expository, if occasionally overly portentous and halting way. The music is robbed of flow, but the payoff is that we get to savour each exquisite harmonic, timbral and textural detail. Listeners will need patience, though, as this reading refuses to be rushed.

The sublimely moving second movement is lavishly, impressionistically pedalled and nowhere near Schubert's Andante. It's intensely moving, if occasionally claggy. The following Scherzo – one of Schubert's most charming movements – Is rendered with tremendous grace and alertness to Schubert's harmonic diversions. Lucchesini's accents are almost burlesque, balancing the pathos experienced thus far. The crisply playful final movement is pure delight.

The D946 pieces respond more variably to this technicolour treatment. The first veers between a thrilling gallop, military grandeur and a genteel dance. The second, marked Allegretto, is unnecessarily weighty. The brisk third Allegro opens like an exciting rollercoaster ride, but sadly the eldritch little dance at its core is occasionally oversticky with pedal.

Purists may reject Lucchesini's rhetorical style, but at its best, Lucchesini reveals and celebrates Schubert the dramatist manqué.
The second instalment of Andrea Lucchesini's Schubert project combines the composer's vast, final sonata with the three pieces (D946) left unpublished

Musica | N° 318, luglio-agosto 2020 | Piero Rattalino | July 1, 2020

Secondo la mia scala l’interpretazione di Lucchesini è in sé magistrale e insieme inattuale. Secondo la scala che venne creata intorno al 1950 e che è ancora largamente diffusa è magistrale e basta. Magistrale nel senso che ogni particolare della forma grafica della musica trova il suo equivalente nella forma sonora. La trasposizione non è meccanica, ma è invece condotta secondo il buon gustoMehr lesen

Aus urheberrechtlichen Gründen dürfen wir ihnen diese Rezension leider nicht zeigen!
Secondo la mia scala l’interpretazione di Lucchesini è in sé magistrale e insieme inattuale. Secondo la scala che venne creata intorno al 1950 e che è ancora largamente diffusa è magistrale e basta. Magistrale nel senso che ogni particolare della forma grafica della musica trova il suo equivalente nella forma sonora. La trasposizione non è meccanica, ma è invece condotta secondo il buon gusto

Piano News
Piano News | Mai / Juni 3/2020 | Oliver Buslau | May 1, 2020

Diese Haltung des inneren Rückzugs ist es, die neben wunderbarer Anschlagskultur und scheinbar müheloser Fähigkeit, das Klavier in allen Farben leuchten zu lassen [...]Mehr lesen

Aus urheberrechtlichen Gründen dürfen wir ihnen diese Rezension leider nicht zeigen!
Diese Haltung des inneren Rückzugs ist es, die neben wunderbarer Anschlagskultur und scheinbar müheloser Fähigkeit, das Klavier in allen Farben leuchten zu lassen [...]

Crescendo Magazine
Crescendo Magazine | Le 12 avril 2020 | Jean Lacroix | April 12, 2020 | source: https://www.cres... Andrea Lucchesini: un Schubert à visage humain

Andrea Lucchesini signe ici un superbe CD ; il vient se placer parmi les plus éloquents témoignages schubertiens de notre temps. Le troisième volume est attendu avec une patiente impatience.Mehr lesen

Aus urheberrechtlichen Gründen dürfen wir ihnen diese Rezension leider nicht zeigen!
Andrea Lucchesini signe ici un superbe CD ; il vient se placer parmi les plus éloquents témoignages schubertiens de notre temps. Le troisième volume est attendu avec une patiente impatience.

Audio
Audio | 04/2020 | Miquel Cabruja | April 1, 2020 KLANG TIPP

Mit nur scheinbarer, in Wirklichkeit genau geplanter Spontaneität führt Lucchesini den Zuhörer geradewegs hinein in Schuberts überreiche Gefühlswelt. Auch wegen seines ausgesprochen plastischen Stereoklangs ist dieses Album ein Erlebnis, das noch lange nachwirkt.Mehr lesen

Aus urheberrechtlichen Gründen dürfen wir ihnen diese Rezension leider nicht zeigen!
Mit nur scheinbarer, in Wirklichkeit genau geplanter Spontaneität führt Lucchesini den Zuhörer geradewegs hinein in Schuberts überreiche Gefühlswelt. Auch wegen seines ausgesprochen plastischen Stereoklangs ist dieses Album ein Erlebnis, das noch lange nachwirkt.

Rondo
Rondo | 21.03.2020 | Corina Kolbe | March 21, 2020 | source: https://www.rond...

Seine Interpretation beeindruckt durch Filigranität und Transparenz. Alles bleibt im Fluss, auch die Pausen und Brüche im Stück erscheinen als Teil eines organischen Ganzen. Mehr lesen

Aus urheberrechtlichen Gründen dürfen wir ihnen diese Rezension leider nicht zeigen!
Seine Interpretation beeindruckt durch Filigranität und Transparenz. Alles bleibt im Fluss, auch die Pausen und Brüche im Stück erscheinen als Teil eines organischen Ganzen.

Classical CD Choice | March 14, 2020 | Barry Forshaw | March 14, 2020 | source: http://www.cdcho...

This recording of Schubert’s 21st Piano Sonata and the three piano pieces D946 are evidence of a musician full alert to the demands of this deeply felt music. The Piano Sonata has had several recordings of significance, but at a stroke this new reading joins that exalted company.Mehr lesen

Aus urheberrechtlichen Gründen dürfen wir ihnen diese Rezension leider nicht zeigen!
This recording of Schubert’s 21st Piano Sonata and the three piano pieces D946 are evidence of a musician full alert to the demands of this deeply felt music. The Piano Sonata has had several recordings of significance, but at a stroke this new reading joins that exalted company.

www.pizzicato.lu | 06/03/2020 | Remy Franck | March 6, 2020 | source: https://www.pizz... Lucchesinis Schubert: breite Ausdrucksvielfalt

Wie schon in der ersten Folge dieser Reihe spielt der italienische Pianist Andrea Lucchesini einen sehr kontrastreichen und sicher nicht homogenMehr lesen

Wie schon in der ersten Folge dieser Reihe spielt der italienische Pianist Andrea Lucchesini einen sehr kontrastreichen und sicher nicht homogen konzipierten Schubert. Der erste Satz der Sonate D. 960 ist aufgewühlt, scharf akzentuiert, er enthält gedankliche Vertiefungen aber auch resolutes Aufbäumen, ja manchmal ein richtiges ‘mit der Faust auf den Tisch hauen’. Das Andante versenkt sich nicht nur im Schmerz, es zuckt auch in diesem Schmerz auf und das rhythmisch geschärfte Scherzo schlägt regelrechte Purzelbäume, ehe das Finale in drängendem Fluss und sehr dezidiertem Kraft die Sonate beendet.

Den drei ‘Klavierstücken’ D. 946, eigentlich der dritten Reihe von ‘Impromptus’, gibt der Pianist einen starken Charakter. Jedes ist kontrastreich und lebt von einer großen emotionalen Spannweite und einer breiten Ausdrucksvielfalt.

As in the first episode of this series, Italian pianist Andrea Lucchesini’s Schubert is again extremely rich in contrast, and a conceptual homogeneity is certainly not among his priorities. The first movement of the Sonata D. 960 is agitated, sharply accentuated, it has depth but also shows resolute rebelliousness, sometimes even a real ‘banging the fist on the table’. The Andante not only sinks into the pain, it also considerably twitches in this pain, and the rhythmically sharpened Scherzo performs veritable somersaults. The Finale brings the sonata with a pressing flow and very determined power to an end.

The pianist gives the three ‘piano pieces’ D. 946, actually the third series of ‘Impromptus’, a strong character. Each of the three pieces is rich in contrast and lives from a great emotional range and a wide variety of expression.
Wie schon in der ersten Folge dieser Reihe spielt der italienische Pianist Andrea Lucchesini einen sehr kontrastreichen und sicher nicht homogen

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Franz Schubert: Late Piano Works, Vol. 2
article number: 97.766
EAN barcode: 4022143977663
price group: BCA
release date: 6. March 2020
total time: 78 min.

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Yet another fine performance of Schubert’s last sonata to compete with endless...
Nov 2, 2020
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For the second volume of late Schubert works, Andrea Lucchesini (b. 1965)...
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Sep 28, 2020
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Schubert's 'Allegro man non troppo' from Piano Sonata No. 21 in B-Flat Major, played by Andrea Lucchesini was added to Spotify's Playlist 'Classical New Releases: Spotify Picks' from 21st to 28th February 2020.
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