Schubert Complete Works for Violin and Piano, Volume 1

Julia Fischer, Martin Helmchen

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

The great similarity between the first movement (Allegro molto) of Franz Schubert’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in D major, D. 384 (Op. posth. 137, No. 1, dating from 1816) and the first movement of the Sonata for Piano and Violin in E minor, K. 304 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart must have already been emphasised hundreds of times. The analogies are more than simply astonishing, they are essential – and at the same time, existential. Deliberately so: because at the age of 19, Schubert had well outgrown the need to “crib”. Nevertheless, Schubert imitated his example in every aspect of this Mozart-like movement, including the transitions, secondary motifs and even in the manner he dealt with the rests. And yet he achieved more than simply a “copy”. Schubert’s Allegro molto is a reflection, a kind of “question set to music”: where do I want to go? And the answer must be: I got there a long time since! Because all the later characteristics that gradually emerged to define his personality as a composer (i.e. abrupt stops, harmonic surprises, the ecstasy of the moment vs. the dashing of hope) are already present here and are leading him, as it were, “through Mozart up to himself”.

Tracklist

1.
Sonata in D major, D. 384 - Allegro molto
04:12
2.
Sonata in D major, D. 384 - Andante
04:25
3.
Sonata in D major, D. 384 - Allegro vivace
04:06
4.
Sonata in A minor, D. 385 - Allegro moderato
06:48
5.
Sonata in A minor, D. 385 - Andante
07:29
6.
Sonata in A minor, D. 385 - Menuetto (Allegro)
02:13
7.
Sonata in A minor, D. 385 - Allegro
04:39
8.
Sonata in G minor, D. 408 - Allegro giusto
04:46
9.
Sonata in G minor, D. 408 - Andante
04:43
10.
Sonata in G minor, D. 408 - Menuetto (Allegro vivace)
02:28
11.
Sonata in G minor, D. 408 - Allegro moderato
04:08
12.
Rondo Brillant D. 895 - Andante - Allegro
14:28

Total time: 01:04:25

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Producer

Job Maarse

Recording Engineer

Sebastian Stein, Jean Marie Geijsen

Recording location

Concertboerderij Valthermond

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Recording Software

Merging

SKU

PTC5186347

Release Date July 7, 2015
SKU PTC5186347

Press reviews

PentaTone’s sound is spacious and inviting

Performing these three sonatas on this PentaTone Classics DSD recording are violinist Julia Fischer and pianist Martin Helmchen. As her many previous successful albums have already demonstrated, Fischer is a force to be reckoned with. From the first note of the album, her Guadagnini violin sings forth with an impossibly pure, clear, beautiful tone that few can achieve. Her intonation is flawless throughout the disc, and her considerable technical skills back up her keen musical understanding of Schubert’s score and delivery of precisely what is on the page free from unnecessary and undesirable affectations.

The collaboration with Helmchen is one of seamless understanding and fluidity. Helmchen’s touch is as sensitive and graceful as Fischer’s, and the two together produce an entirely beautiful soundscape filled with moving dynamics, precise articulation, and sublime balance. The album concludes with the much later and considerably darker B minor Rondo, Op. 70, which contrasts nicely with the less intense Op. 137 Sonatas. PentaTone’s sound is spacious and inviting, and those listening in multichannel mode will enjoy the sensation of sitting right between Fischer and Helmchen.

AllMusic

Performing these three sonatas on this PentaTone Classics DSD recording are violinist Julia Fischer and pianist Martin Helmchen. As her many previous successful albums have already demonstrated, Fischer is a force to be reckoned with. From the first note of the album, her Guadagnini violin sings forth with an impossibly pure, clear, beautiful tone that few can achieve. Her intonation is flawless throughout the disc, and her considerable technical skills back up her keen musical understanding of Schubert’s score and delivery of precisely what is on the page free from unnecessary and undesirable affectations.

The collaboration with Helmchen is one of seamless understanding and fluidity. Helmchen’s touch is as sensitive and graceful as Fischer’s, and the two together produce an entirely beautiful soundscape filled with moving dynamics, precise articulation, and sublime balance. The album concludes with the much later and considerably darker B minor Rondo, Op. 70, which contrasts nicely with the less intense Op. 137 Sonatas. PentaTone’s sound is spacious and inviting, and those listening in multichannel mode will enjoy the sensation of sitting right between Fischer and Helmchen.

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