Franz Schubert

Impromptu for piano in G flat major, D. 899/3 (Op. 90/3)

    Description by James Leonard

    The third of Schubert's first set of Impromptus, in G flat major, Op. 90, No. 3 (D. 899/3), is a flowing song without words that seems almost hymn-like in the serene peace of its melody. The melody floats above the gently rippling accompaniment with a slow-moving and solemn bass line treading softly far below. The intensifications of the melody are accomplished by modulations through keys rather than through any increases in the work's tempo or pace. The occasional expansion of the bass line into a countermelody during these intensifications brings an added pathos to the music. The delicate hesitation caused by the insertion of a discrete pause before the final return of the hymn-like melody is unutterably poignant.

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    2018 Warner Classics 572315
    2018 ABC Classics
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    2018 Menuetto Classics
    2018 ABC Classics 4817469
    2018 IBA [Idil Biret Archives] 8501207
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    2018 Challenge Classics CC 72791
    2017 ICA Classics ICAB 5141
    2017 Danacord DACOCD 781782
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