Rachel Roberts – Schubert & Britten & Shostakovich (2015/2023)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:09:39 minutes | 623 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin
The only important work ever composed for the instrument is probably Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata D 821.
Since my first encounter with this piece over thirty years ago, my approach to it has changed considerably. As a child, I liked the beautiful themes – the joyful, exuberant, dance-like nature of the piece. Over time, I got to know Schubert’s musical language, his writing code, his character and his life events much better.
Now I no longer see any playful simplicity in this sonata. Instead, the frequent pianissimo and piano passages point to something intense, something intimate, which makes the content of this music very nuanced and personal. It is as if Schubert wanted to reveal a deep secret to us, beyond the seemingly cheerful gesture of the main theme…….. (Excerpts from the booklet text by Rachel Roberts)
1-1. Rachel Roberts – Sonata in A Minor for arpeggione & piano, D. 821: I. Allegro moderato (11:34)
1-2. Rachel Roberts – II. Adagio (03:59)
1-3. Rachel Roberts – III. Allegretto (08:24)
1-4. Rachel Roberts – Lachrymae, Reflections on a Song of John Dowland, Op. 48 (14:33)
1-5. Rachel Roberts – Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 147: I. Moderato (Novella) (08:44)
1-6. Rachel Roberts – Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 147: II. Allegretto (Scherzo) (07:30)
1-7. Rachel Roberts – Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 147: III. Adagio (in memory of Beethoven) (14:51)