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TO 0065

Schubert and his Circle

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2008

Originally recorded in 2008


Todd Crow



Martel Recital Hall, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York


Richard Price

Martin Anderson



Richard Price

Record Label



Total Time - 79:14
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Piano Sonata in C major, D840, 'Reliquie'

  completed by Brian Newbould  
1 Moderato 15:28
2 Andante 10:07
3 Menuetto: Allegretto 7:23
4 Rondo: Allegro 10:52

Thirteen Variations on a Theme of Anselm Huttenbrenner, D576




Piano Sonata in E major, Op. 16

6 Allegro moderato 7:11
7 Adagio 7:01
8 Allegro assai 4:14



Deutscher in C sharp minor, D643




Tanz der Furien


Schubert left more unfinished works than any other composer: his brain moved faster than his pen. Most of these fragments are piano scores, some of them of substantial size. Brian Newbould, whose completions of Schubert’s unfinished symphonies have attracted universal praise, here turns his attention to the expansive C major Sonata of 1825, of which Schubert completed the first two movements and left the other two unfinished. Professor Newbould’s work adds an unsuspected masterpiece to the great sonatas that crown Schubert’s piano career. The other pieces on this CD attest to his close friendship with the brothers Anselm and Josef Hüttenbrenner, themselves accomplished composers.


[premiere performance of the Newbould completion of the ‘Reliquie’]
‘ overall impression was that Brian had risen admirably to the challenge as both a musicologist and a composer... [...] Todd Crow had clearly put much time and thought into making the completed ‘Reliquie’ an experience to be relished. [He possesses a] cast-iron technique and profound musical understanding of both the original Schubert and the added Newbould... While the completer/composer is to be congratulated on his skilful, seamless negotiation of the ‘joins’ between old and new, Todd Crow also played an important part in making this come alive and meaningful in performance.’

Crawford Howie

The Schubertian - January 2004

 ‘...superb performance in this first recording by Todd Crow, to whom Newbould dedicated his rescued work.’

Patric Standford


Music & Vision Daily - 12 January 2008

‘[La D840] presenta problemas tonales arduos que Newbould ha resuelto con maestria. [...] ha ceñido con extraordinaria fidelidad y autenticidad al discurso pianístico contemporáneo del autor. [...] Absolutamente deliciosa la D643 en tantos aspectos [...] Todd Crow hace una limpid y contenida lectura, transparent e introvertida de todo este inhabitual reportorio, en el que las obras de los HüttenBrenner así como la Sonata Reliquia son primeras grabaciones mundiales.’

‘[D840] presents difficult tonal problems that Newbould has masterfully resolved. [...] ...he has echoed the contemporary pianistic voice of the composer with extraordinary fidelity and authenticity...  D643 is absolutely delicious ... [...]  Todd Crow gives a poised and limpid performance, transparent and introverted as in all of this unusual repertoire’

Jesús Dini

CD Compact - April 2008

‘Let me praise Todd Crow, whose performance of the “Reliquie” is eloquent and insightful… He is a most musicianly and persuasive Schubertian – sensitive, fine-toned yet intense, absolutely convincing in his interpretation. He shapes every phrase, follows every nuance of dynamics faithfully, and makes the piano sing. The recording… does full justice to the beauty of Crow’s playing.’

Susan Kagan

Fanfare - May/June 2008

"...While the D840 Sonata and its completion is the main attraction for this release, none of the other works are mere makeweights, and both of the Hüttenbrenner works are given their first recordings here. That we should also be given such rich rewards in terms of performance and recording is a bonus, and I would say that this release is a must for all genuine Schubert fans."

Dominy Clements

MusicWeb - January 2008

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