Sonata in A & 6 Moments musicaux (2008)

Schubert

Martin Helmchen

In hindsight, it is not difficult to view all compositions by Franz Schubert dating from 1828 as his swan song. Schubert suspected that he did not have much time left. One time in particular at the beginning of October, some six weeks before his death, he wrote as follows to a Leipzig publisher: “Among other items, I have written three sonatas for piano solo, which I would like to dedicate to Hummel. [...] I have performed the sonatas already in various locations to great acclaim.” But here the wish was father to the thought, as finally the works were not completed until September 1828. There was no reply to his offer. The three Sonatas D. 958 (in C minor), D. 959 (in A major) and D. 960 (B-flat major) were not published until 1839, more than 10 years after Schubert’s death: they were issued in three volumes – with a dedication to Robert Schumann.

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Martin Helmchen

In the 2012/13 Martin Helmchen is soloist both with The Philharmonia, London and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under the baton of Christoph von Dohnányi. He also performs with the Orchestre National de Lyon with Antoni Wit, the Orchestre National de France with Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Radio Symphony Orchestra of Berlin with Marek Janowski and makes his debut with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and John Storgårds.  He collaborates again with Andris Nelsons on a tour in Germany with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and joins Viviane Hagner and Marie-Elizabeth Hecker on tour in Spain with the Munich Chamber Orchestra. Returning to the USA he makes his debut with the Houston Symphony under the baton of Hans Graf.
In recital two important venues are added to a busy schedule including Berlin’s Philharmonie,  San Francisco’s SF Performances series.    With a passion for chamber music largely ignited in early collaborations with the late cellist Boris Pergamenschikow Martin Helmchen performs throughout Europe during 2012/13 with his wife and cellist Marie-Elizabeth Hecker and joining with Veronica Eberle and Antoine Tomastit they perform in Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris. 

The 2011/12 has seen Martin Helmchen as Artist in Residence with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and David Zinman.  He has also performed with NDR Hamburg and Semyon Bychkov, the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester Berlin and David Afkham, with The Philharmonia and Diego Matheuz, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra collaborating again with Vladimir Jurowski.  

 

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Sonata in A & 6 Moments musicaux (2008)

Schubert

Martin Helmchen

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Helmchen really makes Schubert sing. He brings a sense of drama to the music without playing especially loud. I was most taken with his playing in the second movement. The prescribed pauses are lengthy and purposeful. I enjoyed how Helmchen's playing style and somewhat slower tempos spotlight the subtle variation in Schubert's left hand lines. The multichannel sound is above reproach, with both bloom and detail. This recording has more a large room than a "hall" sound, but definitely not too close.

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Sonata in A & 6 Moments musicaux (2008)

Schubert

Martin Helmchen

Cables: van den Hul
Digital Converters: Meitner
Mastering Equipment: B&W Nautilus
Producer: Job Maarse
Recording Engineer: Jean Marie Geijsen
Recording location: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, coogne, Germany
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Sonata in A, D 959 - Allegro
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Sonata in A, D 959 - Andantino
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Sonata in A, D 959 - Scherzo - Allegro vivace
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Sonata in A, D 959 - Rondo (Allegretto)
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6 Moments musicaux, D 780 - No. 1 - Moderato
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6 Moments musicaux, D 780 - No. 2 - Andantino
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6 Moments musicaux, D 780 - No. 3 - Allegretto moderato
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6 Moments musicaux, D 780 - No. 4 - Moderato
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6 Moments musicaux, D 780 - No. 5 - Allegro vivace
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6 Moments musicaux, D 780 - No. 6 - Allegretto
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