Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 19 in C Minor, D. 958

  1. 1) I. Allegro

    11.02

  2. 2) II. Adagio

    8.06

  3. 3) III. Menuetto. Allegro

    3.14

  4. 4) IV. Allegro

    9.05

Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 20 in A Major, D. 959

  1. 5) I. Allegro

    16.59

  2. 6) II. Andantino

    8.02

  3. 7) III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace

    4.56

  4. 8) IV. Rondo. Allegretto

    12.38

Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 21 in B-flat Major, D. 960

  1. 1) I. Molto moderato

    20.13

  2. 2) II. Andante sostenuto

    9.37

  3. 3) III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace con delicatezza

    3.53

  4. 4) IV. Allegro ma non troppo

    8.37

CD information

OTHERWORLDY AND HIGHLY EXPRESSIVE

Swiss pianist Francesco Piemontesi interprets Schubert’s last three piano sonatas (D958-D960) on his PENTATONE debut album, after years of engagement with these extraordinary works. These sonatas continue to fascinate pianists and listeners until this very day. They are arguably among the most existential music ever written for the piano, full of beauty and sadness, celebrating life and at the same time anticipating the composer’s untimely death. Even if Schubert was barely thirty years old when he wrote these works, they reveal the otherworldly and detached nature of what is often described as “late style”, while the music remains highly expressive and personal.