Schubert + Schoenberg - Piano Works | BIS BIS2650

Schubert + Schoenberg - Piano Works


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Label: BIS

Cat No: BIS2650

Format: Hybrid SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 2nd June 2023



Three years after recording Franz Schubertís Schwanengesang (arranged by Liszt), pianist Can «akmur launches a new series called Schubert+. Describing the Viennese composer as ďa constant companionĒ in his life, «akmurís aim here is to juxtapose his complete major piano solo compositions with works by other composers that were inspired by his music, thus providing the opportunity to see these works in a new light. While making up a near complete anthology of Schubertís completed major piano music, each disc is also intended as a self-sufficient recital.

In this first instalment, two sonatas by Schubert, respectively D537 and D959, are juxtaposed with Arnold Schoenbergís Three Pieces, op.11. The reason for this combination is that, firstly, the same theme is shared but treated differently in Schubertís sonatas, and secondly, Schubert and Schoenberg seemingly sharing the same conception where the natural flow and direction of the music appear consciously deconstructed. With different means and a hundred years apart, both Schubert and Schoenberg, the former with his aversion to formal boundaries, the latter with his efforts against the natural tendencies of Western harmony, managed to strengthen the subjective expression of their music.


This release of Schubert and Schoenberg was my first exposure to Can «akmur since his splendid recording of Lisztís transcription of Schubertís Schwanengesang (12/20). I am happy to report that it more than fulfils the highest expectations. ... This very distinguished recording should not be missed by anyone interested in fine piano-playing and heartfelt poetic utterance.  Patrick Rucker
Gramophone August 2023
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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