Schubert: Sonata in B​-​Flat Major, D. 960, Op. Posthumous

by Lynn Rice-See

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Franz Schubert's Sonata in B-Flat Major, D. 960, was the composer's last major composition for piano. Written in the autumn months of 1828 before the composer's death on November 19 -- only two months before his thirty-second birthday -- the sonata lay unpublished for almost a decade (hence its traditional title, "opus posthumous"). Although initially neglected by recitalists, from the perspective of almost two centuries the sonata has come to be recognized as one of the most profound works of the 19th Century. In four movements, we find the composer at both his most elegiac and effervescent. In this recording, pianist Lynn Rice-See includes a repetition of the first movement's exposition which, despite Schubert's instructions, pianists usually omit.

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released July 1, 2014

Franz Schubert (1797-1828), composer
Lynn Rice-See, piano
Claudine Crossley-Mercer, painting / cover art

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