Gerhard Oppitz

Schubert: Piano Works, Vol. 12

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Volume 12 in Gerhard Oppitz's series on Hänssler Classic of the keyboard works of Franz Schubert follows the pattern set in earlier installments by providing a piano sonata and other pieces in a balanced program. In this case, the Piano Sonata in D major, D. 850, is matched with the Rondo in E major, D. 506, and the 12 Valses nobles, D. 969, and the dominance of major keys gives this disc a rather cheerful disposition that sometimes verges on rambunctiousness. Oppitz holds nothing back when Schubert calls for manic energy and drama, especially in the sonata, but the overwhelming feeling of the Rondo and the waltzes tends toward wit and charm. Oppitz plays with crisp and clean execution, and his phrasing is especially eloquent, conveying emotion without sentimentality. The sound of the recording may not be to everyone's taste because the piano seems to be set back from the microphone, and the acoustics of the Historic Reitstadl are quite responsive, especially to the top notes.

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