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PT 6329

SCHUBERT, F.: Piano Sonata No. 20, D. 959 / 6 Moments musicaux, D. 780 (M. Helmchen)

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release date: November 2009

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album available as a Studio Master


Martin Helmchen

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Total Time - 67:12
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Piano Sonata No. 20 in A major, D. 959

1 I. Allegro 11:53
2 II. Andante 8:27
3 III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace 5:08
4 IV. Rondo: Allegretto 12:27

6 Moments musicaux, Op. 94, D. 780

5 No. 1 in C major: Moderato 5:32
6 No. 2 in A flat major: Andantino 6:08
7 No. 3 in F minor: Allegro moderato 1:47
8 No. 4 in C sharp minor: Moderato 5:17
9 No. 5 in F minor: Allegro vivace 2:02
10 No. 6 in A flat major: Allegretto 8:31
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“Of equal enjoyment to Helmchen’s playing is Pentatone’s very fine recording of the instrument which surely judges the balance between closeness (to pick out the subtleties of the playing) and distance to allow the instrument to resonate freely without a hint of hardness.

A lovely disc of wonderful music in beautiful sound”

John Broggio

“Of the three great sonatas Schubert wrote right before his death, this one is the sunniest, though not without its clouds and even thunderstorms. The pianists who brought these pieces into the mainstream repertoire during the middle of the last century emphasized momentum and structure. Recently players have been showing us their softer sides. This is the most gorgeous yet”.

Lawson Taitte

The Dallas Morning News

“Martin Helmchen is a musician of sensibility and authority, completely at home in the Schubert idiom (not surprising from the winner of the Clara Haskil Competition in 2001)….Strongly recommended”.

Pizzicato Magazine

                    "BBC Music Choice"
“Moments of greatness……Martin Helmchen is a natural Schubertian, very much as Paul Lewis or Imogen Cooper”.

Michael Tanner

BBC Music Magazine

“Rare maturity and vision distinguish Helmchen’s heavenly Schubert. PentaTone’s sound is both clear and natural.”

Bryce Morrison


“The sound on this recording is really excellent—broad, deep, and ringing, with wondrous depth and spatial properties”.

Steven Ritter

Audiophile Audition

“Martin Helmchen, a 26-year-old German pianist, is a most compelling Schubert interpreter on this disc recorded in Cologne in 2007. He is a musician of sensibility and authority, completely at home in the Schubert idiom…..Heard on a two-speaker system, the sound is superb……Strongly recommended”

Susan Kagan


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