Friday, June 19, 2009

Schumann's favorite Sonata

In 1826, ill and struggling desperately to succeed as a composer or die trying Franz Schubert wrote his big G major Piano Sonata. Starting with a chord reminiscent of the solo piano opening to Beethoven's 4th Concerto Schubert seems to have briefly inherited Beethoven's magisterial calm. A great and very classical sonata is the result. One of three sonatas published in Schubert's lifetime, it was Robert Schumann's favorite and in time it influenced his music as well.

Hear a new recording of Schubert's big G major Sonata and the latest remastering of recordings by one of the greats of the twentieth century, Walter Gieseking on the Piano this Sunday afternoon at 5 on KPAC and KTXI.

host Randy Anderson

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