Franz Schubert

Fantasia for violin & piano in C major ("Sei mir gegrüsst!"), D. 934 (Op. posth. 159)

    Description by Roy Brewer

    This easygoing, mainly lighthearted work makes it an exception to the despair and rejection that haunts many of the compositions Schubert wrote in 1828, the last year of his short life. Indeed, it can easily be imagined that in all seven movements the composer was consciously seeking the approval of the notoriously fickle Viennese musical public. Schubert's natural fluency, succulent melodies and elaborate figuration are well-displayed; nevertheless, after its first performance the work -- which lasts approximately 25 minutes -- earned only a sour comment from one critic: that it "occupied rather too much of the time the Viennese are prepared to devote to the pleasures of the mind."

    The striking opening Adagio makes free use of the sounds and idioms of traditional gypsy music, the piano capturing the tremolando of the Hungarian cimbalom (a sort of hammered dulcimer) while the violin swoops and pirouettes around it in extravagant arabesques. The Fantasia adopts a plan remarkably similar to that of the better-known (and, let it be said, more profound) Wanderer Fantasy for solo piano. In the third section Schubert again makes use his own song "Sei mir gegrüsst," and its inclusion lifts the work onto an altogether higher plane. As with much of Schubert's chamber music, the harmonic scheme is complex, oscillating in strange ways around the keys of C major (in which the work begins and ends) A major, A minor, and the softly glowing A flat major.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Andante moderato
    2. Allegretto
    3. Andantino
    4. Allegro vivace

    Appears On

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    2018 Ars Produktion ARS 38242
    2017 ICA Classics ICAB 5141
    2017 Genuin GEN 17472
    2016 RCA Red Seal 88843095342
    2016 Paladino Music PMR 0046
    2016 Deutsche Grammophon 4795545
    2016 EuroArts / Warner Classics 555050
    2016 Warner Classics 555054
    2015 Warner Classics 0825646019311
    2015 Decca / Universal Music Classics and Jazz
    2015 RCA Red Seal 88875051042
    2015 Deutsche Grammophon
    2015 EPR-Classic EPR 18
    2015 Chandos CHAN 108502
    2015 Brilliant Classics 95115BR
    2015 Oehms Classics OC 012
    2014 Melodiya MELCD 1002147
    2014 PentaTone Classics PTC 5186519
    2014 Genuin GEN 14310
    2014 Gall (formerly Gallo) / Gallo CD 1341
    2013 Entertainment Group 11608
    2013 Hyperion CDA 679112
    2012 Centaur Records 3250
    2012 Brilliant Classics 8402
    2012 Music@Menlo LIVE 201201
    2012 ECM / ECM New Series / Universal Music Group ECM 2223
    2012 ECM 4764546
    2012 Entertainment Group 12610
    2011 Stone Records 80017
    2011 Enharmonic PD 1065
    2011 Biddulph Recordings 80250
    2011 Fuga Libera FUG584
    2011 Denon Records
    2011 TwoPianists TP1039084
    2010 PentaTone Classics 5186348
    2010 Music & Arts 1244
    2009 Onyx ONYX 4046
    2009 Erato
    2009 Virgin Classics 5099968636
    2009 Denon Records
    2009 Oehms Classics 729
    2009 Koch International Classics KICCD7762
    2009 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099926413
    2008 Camerata Records 28137
    2008 Brilliant 93673
    2008 Avi 53005
    2008 Gega New 324
    2007 Orfeo 721072
    2007 Harmonia Mundi 2908250
    2007 Challenge Classics 72174
    2007 Newport Classic 60174
    2007 Urania 331
    2007 EMI Music Distribution 385853
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    2006 Brilliant 93030
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    2006 Virgin Classics
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    2004 Cedille Records 073
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    2003 Andante 1990
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    2002 Arion 268006
    2002 BBC Music 4083
    2002 Camerata Records 28CM550
    2002 Deutsche Grammophon 000001502
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    2000 ECM 464320
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    2000 Sonora S022568
    2000 Fleur de Son 57941
    1999 Deutsche Grammophon 4536652
    1999 Deutsche Grammophon 431654
    1997 RCA Victor 61773
    1997 Arbiter 105
    1997 Vox 3042
    1997 MDG MDG620 0688-2
    1997 Nimbus 5504
    1997 Naxos 554148
    1997 APR (Appian) 5543
    1996 Sony Classical 67196
    1996 Sony Music Distribution 64528
    1995 Pearl 9141
    1994 Symposium 1076
    1994 Denon Records 75636
    1994 Naxos 550420
    1993 Kontrapunkt 32166
    1993 Dorian 90137
    1992 BIS 521/24
    1991 Bayer Records BR 100068/9
    1990 Sony Classical 44504
    1988 EMI Music Distribution 61014
    Canyon Classics 3655
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