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Andrea Lucchesini has called Franz Schubert’s late piano works his “recent great love”. Now he acts out this love in three CDs for audite – masterful performances by the renowned Italian pianist whose interpretations are informed by his expertise in Beethoven as well as musical modernism.more

Franz Schubert

Andrea Lucchesini has called Franz Schubert’s late piano works his “recent great love”. Now he acts out this love in three CDs for audite – masterful performances by the renowned Italian pianist whose interpretations are informed by his expertise in Beethoven as well as musical modernism.

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Italy tends not to be considered as a cradle of pianism in the same way as are Russia, Austria or, more recently, China. Since 1945 only a small number of Italian pianists have reached top international standards - they include Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli and his pupil Maurizio Pollini, or Maria Tipo and her pupil Andrea Lucchesini who was born in 1965 in Tuscany and caused a sensation at an early age. Even then, he mastered the great repertoire. But because, for Lucchesini, music knows no limits, he has always promoted the revolutionaries around Arnold Schoenberg as well as his compatriot Luciano Berio. And studying musical modernism has, naturally, informed Lucchesini's approach to his favourite composers of the past, Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert.

audite have now managed to win over the Florentine master pianist for a three-part recording series dedicated to his impressive interpretations of late Schubert works. The series opens with two sonatas that are closely linked to one another, alongside the atmospheric Allegretto in C minor, D. 915 of 1827. The Sonata in A minor, D. 537, written when Schubert was twenty years old, features a dance-like melody to which he would return eleven years later when he worked on his mature Sonata in A major, D. 959. The reworking of the theme highlights the distance between Schubert's middle and late creative periods. What is initially a rousing, though slightly traditional tune, later appears embedded in a richer harmonic framework, but also in a more virtuosic form, at times almost transfigured.

It is this compositional and emotional range in Schubert's music that is especially fascinating to Andrea Lucchesini. "One recognises the difference between the artist who entertained his friends at social gatherings, and the composer working in solitude - without any prospect of publishing or performing his works, completely confined to his internal world where he felt many precipices. One has to take a plunge into his emotional labyrinth, not only to become intoxicated with his fabulous themes, but also to recognise their infinite variations that take one's breath away. This is how the work of a performer became a complete immersion for me."

Vol. II, featuring Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major and Three Piano Pieces, D. 946, is planned be released in spring 2020.
Vol. III, presenting Piano Sonatas No. 18 & No. 19, is scheduled for release in autumn 2020 and will complete the recording series of Schubert's late piano works.

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www.pizzicato.lu | 07/06/2019 | Remy Franck | June 7, 2019 | source: https://www.pizz... Lucchesinis kraftvoll drängender Schubert

An Andrea Lucchesinis Schubert-Interpretationen scheiden sich die Geister. Die beiden Sonaten D. 959 und D. 537 sowie das Allegretto D. 915 spielt erMehr lesen

An Andrea Lucchesinis Schubert-Interpretationen scheiden sich die Geister. Die beiden Sonaten D. 959 und D. 537 sowie das Allegretto D. 915 spielt er aus einem Geist heraus, musikalisch sehr überlegt, souverän in der Gestik, mit viel Kraft und Lebendigkeit. In den schnellen Sätzen gibt es viel leidenschaftliches Drängen, starke Kontraste und eine große dynamische Spannweite.

In der Sonate D. 959, die Schubert im Todesjahr 1828 komponierte, werden viel Melancholie und auch Abgründe überspielt, und selbst das Trio im Andantino bleibt daher weniger verstörend als in anderen Interpretationen, die generell das Lyrische mehr betonen als Lucchesini, der Schubert insgesamt drastischer gestaltet als viele seiner Kollegen. Sieht der Italiener in dieser Musik vielleicht eher die Revolte eines Todgeweihten?

Aber ist Schuberts Musik nicht eigentlich doch das Gegenstück von Beethoven? Verträgt Schubert einen derart drängenden Vortrag, ein so straffes Musizieren, wie es Lucchesini uns hier hören lässt? Diese Fragen zeigen, dass es sehr wohl interessant ist, sich mit diesem Schubert auseinanderzusetzen.

Andrea Lucchesini’s Schubert interpretations will divide the spirits. The two sonatas D. 959 and D. 537 as well as the Allegretto D. 915 are played in a very thoughtful, manner, with a lot of strength and liveliness. In the fast movements there is a lot of passionate urge, strong contrasts and a large dynamic range. In the Sonata D. 959, which Schubert composed in 1828, the year of his death, much melancholy and chasms are overplayed, and even the Trio in the Andantino remains less disturbing than in other interpretations, which generally emphasize the lyrical elements more than Lucchesini, who gives the music a more radical character. Does the Italian perhaps emphasize in this music the revolt of a man who is expecting to die? But isn’t Schubert’s music actually the counterpart of Beethoven? Does Schubert tolerate such an urgent performance, such a strict music-making as Lucchesini’s? These questions show that it is anyway interesting to deal with this Schubert.
An Andrea Lucchesinis Schubert-Interpretationen scheiden sich die Geister. Die beiden Sonaten D. 959 und D. 537 sowie das Allegretto D. 915 spielt er

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Süddeutsche Zeitung | 27. Mai 2019 | Helmut Mauró | May 27, 2019 | source: https://www.sued... Adel verpflichtet

[...] dann kommen ja, gerade im Spätwerk von Franz Schubert, dem sein neues Album gewidmet ist, auch die leisen und sanften Passagen, und da entfaltet Lucchesini erstaunliche Präsenz und Zärtlichkeit.Mehr lesen

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[...] dann kommen ja, gerade im Spätwerk von Franz Schubert, dem sein neues Album gewidmet ist, auch die leisen und sanften Passagen, und da entfaltet Lucchesini erstaunliche Präsenz und Zärtlichkeit.

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Franz Schubert: Late Piano Works, Vol. 1
article number: 97.765
EAN barcode: 4022143977656
price group: BCA
release date: 7. June 2019
total time: 72 min.

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