SCHUBERT, FRANZ: WORKS FOR PIANO 4 HANDS (L.Ciammarughi, S.Ligoratti)
Composer(s): Franz Schubert
Period: 19th Century
Catalogue No.: C00076
Throughout his short life, Schubert wrote more music for piano duet than any other great composer. His unsurpassed achievements in this field include dances, marches, variation sets, overtures, fantasies, divertissements and sonatas.
Schubert wrote his greatest piano duets in the miraculously productive last year of his life as he continued his compositional experimentation. There is no doubt that Schubert’s duets place great demands on their performer’s sense of timbre, intelligence, speed of reaction and concern for detail.
All the works presented in this CD belong to the last year of the composer except the Sonata D 617 and the Three Marches D 733.
The Grand Sonata in B-flat major D 617 is the first of two sonatas for piano duet the composer wrote in his lifetime, the other is the famous Grand Duo of 1824.
This work probably dates from 1818 while Schubert was at Zseliz on the Esterházy estate, while teaching for the two countesses. It was one of a number of works for piano four-hands he composed while resident there. The work was published in 1823 as the composers Op.30 with a dedication to Count Ferdinand Palffy d’Erdöd, proprietor of the Theater an der Wien, Max Harrison speculates that the dedication may have been connected with the performances of Rosamunde that took place there in the same year.[…]