Krystian Zimerman – Schubert Piano Sonatas D 959 & 960 (2017) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Krystian Zimerman – Schubert Piano Sonatas D 959 & 960 (2017) 
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:22:06 minutes | 1,51 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Booklet, Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

With his 60th birthday approaching, the Polish pianist Krystian Zimerman thought it was time “to find the courage for works such as these and the last Beethoven sonatas. I’ve played these pieces for 30 years, but always feared them tremendously because of my unbelievable respect for the composers. Perhaps I worried that if I left them any longer, it would be too late.” Zimerman has used a normal piano, but fitted with a keyboard made by himself, designed to create qualities Schubert would have known in his instruments. Compared to a modern grand piano, the hammer strikes a different point of the string, enhancing its ability to sustain a singing sound – though it does also set up different overtones and the piano might sound strangely tuned. Also, the action is lighter. On a modern grand piano the many repeated notes in Schubert could turn into Prokofiev. According to Zimmerman, these two last Sonatas contribute significantly to our view of Schubert’s greatness, as “he switches into a different gear, daring radically to use new ideas in harmony and polyphony. Compared to his earlier sonatas, they could almost be by another composer.” The album was recorded in January 2016.

“From the bold chords that launch Schubert’s A major Sonata, D959, we were plunged into a world in which the piano shed its percussive qualities and transformed itself into a symphony orchestra, where accents had impact without harshness and where the composer’s large-scale landscapes were unveiled with a rare inevitability.”- Financial Times


Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Piano Sonata No.20 In A Major, D.959
1 1. Allegro 14:14
2 2. Andantino 07:36
3 3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace) 04:52
4 4. Rondo (Allegretto) 12:12

Piano Sonata No.21 In B Flat Major, D.960
5 1. Molto moderato 20:15
6 2. Andante sostenuto 10:33
7 3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace con delicatezza) 04:10
8 4. Allegro ma non troppo 08:14

Krystian Zimerman, piano