The Austrian Connection: Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Gal | Avie AV2418

The Austrian Connection: Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Gal

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Label: Avie

Cat No: AV2418

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 5th June 2020

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Much lauded for her interpretations of Hans Gál’s concerto and chamber music works, Sarah Beth Briggs presents the composer’s beguiling Three Preludes alongside well-loved works by three of his greatest Austrian forebears – Haydn, Mozart and Schubert.

Following meticulous examination of the original scores, Briggs sensitively translates the authentic character of each work to the resources of a modern piano with revelatory results.

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Reviews

In the Schubert Sonata we regain some of the geniality and upbeat feeling of the Haydn. Briggs emphasizes the work's song-like character. … In the finale, the pianist plays with rhythmic vitality, setting the seal on a convincing interpretation. … Gál's Three Preludes, Op. 65 date from 1944, … The cascades and roulades of the third are a toccata in all but name. Briggs achieves clarity of line and detail by prudent use of the sostenuto pedal. … The release gets my enthusiastic endorsement.  Stephen Greenbank
MusicWeb International

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