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Schubert: 'Des Fragments Aux Etoiles'

Magazine article Gramophone

Schubert: 'Des Fragments Aux Etoiles'

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Schubert 'Des fragments aux etoiles' Piano Sonata No 21, D960. Dances, D365 - No 1; No 2. Deutsche Tanze: D366 - No 3; No 4; D783 No 5; No 10; No 14; No 15; D790 - No 3; No 5; No 11. Melodie hongroise, D817. Valse noble, D969 No 10. Valse sentimentale, D779 No 13. Valses, D145 - No 2; No 8 Shani Diluka pf Mirare [F] MIR240(58'*DDD)

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Shani Diluka is a pianist whose playing throws open the doors to hitherto unimagined chambers within the realm of understatement. Her new recording of Schubert, prefacing the great B flat Sonata with a curious assortment of waltzes and German dances and the Melodie hongroise, is subtitled 'Des fragments aux etoiles'.

It was the critic James Huneker who first described the Chopin Waltzes as dances for the soul rather than the feet. With Schubert, however, there is evidence that he composed with the feet specifically in mind. Essentially all his dances were improvised on the spot for convivial gatherings of his friends, and the improvisations he deemed interesting would later be written down. …

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