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A Schubert Journey (8 CD-box)
Franz Schubert

Llŷr Williams

A Schubert Journey (8 CD-box)

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Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212064528
Catnr: SIGCD 645
Release date: 04 December 2020
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Signum Classics
UPC
0635212064528
Catalogue number
SIGCD 645
Release date
04 December 2020
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About the album

Welsh pianist Llyr Williams is widely admired for his profound musical intelligence and the expressive and communicative nature of his interpretations.

The complete 8CD collection of Llyr Williams’ Schubert series – previously released as individual digital volumes over 2019 to 2020. These recordings were made following a critically-lauded recital series at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama by Williams. Together they showcase the detailed examination given by Williams to these pieces, which is “warm, yet detailed” (Piano International).

The accompanying booklet includes background notes on each piece, as well as an essay by US composer William Bolcom on his completion of Schubert’s unfinished Sonata in C major, D. 840.

These precious five minutes alone are worth a whole string of concerts” - Le Devoir
“ease into melting loveliness” - Classical Source
“Remarkable artistry and authority” - The Guardian

Artist(s)

Llŷr Williams (piano)

“To my ears, Llŷr Williams is one of the great pianists of our age.” John Gilhooly, CBE. Welsh pianist Llŷr Williams is widely admired for his profound musical intelligence, and for the expressive and communicative nature of his interpretations. He has performed with all the major UK orchestras under conductors including Michael Tilson Thomas, Jiří Bělohlávek, Carlo Rizzi, Vasily Petrenko, Jaime Martín, Osmo Vanska , Joseph Swensen, Grant Llewellyn and Jac Van Steen, and he has a particularly longstanding relationship with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, with whom he has in recent seasons performed concertos ranging from Mozart and Beethoven to Bartók and Mathias. As a recitalist, Llŷr Williams regularly performs at venues and festivals including Wigmore Hall, Perth Concert Hall, the St David’s and Dora Stoutzker Halls...
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“To my ears, Llŷr Williams is one of the great pianists of our age.” John Gilhooly, CBE.
Welsh pianist Llŷr Williams is widely admired for his profound musical intelligence, and for the expressive and communicative nature of his interpretations. He has performed with all the major UK orchestras under conductors including Michael Tilson Thomas, Jiří Bělohlávek, Carlo Rizzi, Vasily Petrenko, Jaime Martín, Osmo Vanska , Joseph Swensen, Grant Llewellyn and Jac Van Steen, and he has a particularly longstanding relationship with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, with whom he has in recent seasons performed concertos ranging from Mozart and Beethoven to Bartók and Mathias.
As a recitalist, Llŷr Williams regularly performs at venues and festivals including Wigmore Hall, Perth Concert Hall, the St David’s and Dora Stoutzker Halls in Cardiff, and the Edinburgh and East Neuk Festivals in the UK, Salle Bourgie in Montreal and the Capital Region Classical series in Schenectady, USA. He has a long association with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where he has, among others, given multi-recital cycles of the music of Beethoven, Schubert and Chopin. As a chamber musician he has performed with artists including Bryn Terfel, Natalie Clein, Tim Hugh, Katarina Nazarova, Jamie Barton and Andrei Kymach. His particular interest in song repertoire is reflected in his 20-year association as one of the two official pianists of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition.
Llŷr Williams’ long and successful collaboration with Signum Records includes the 8-disc box-set ‘A Schubert Journey’ (2020), the 12-volume ‘Beethoven Unbound’ (2018), a ‘Wagner Without Words’ double album (2014) and highlights from Liszt’s ‘Années de pèlerinage‘ (2012).
A former BBC New Generation Artist and Borletti-Buitoni Trust award recipient, Llŷr Williams was born in Pentrebychan, North Wales, and read music at The Queen’s College, Oxford before taking up a postgraduate scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and in 2017 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Wales. He is also currently Artist-in-Association at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, a patron of the Gower Festival, and Associate Artist at the Cowbridge Festival.


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Composer(s)

Franz Schubert

Franz Peter Schubert was an Austrian composer. Schubert already died before his 32nd birthday, but was extremely prolific during his lifetime. His output consists of over six hundred secular vocal works (mainly Lieder), seven complete symphonies, sacred music, operas, incidental music and a large body of chamber and piano music. Appreciation of his music while he was alive was limited to a relatively small circle of admirers in Vienna, but interest in his work increased significantly in the decades following his death. Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms and other 19th-century composers discovered and championed his works. Today, Schubert is ranked among the greatest composers of the late Classical and early Romantic eras and is one of the...
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Franz Peter Schubert was an Austrian composer. Schubert already died before his 32nd birthday, but was extremely prolific during his lifetime. His output consists of over six hundred secular vocal works (mainly Lieder), seven complete symphonies, sacred music, operas, incidental music and a large body of chamber and piano music. Appreciation of his music while he was alive was limited to a relatively small circle of admirers in Vienna, but interest in his work increased significantly in the decades following his death. Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms and other 19th-century composers discovered and championed his works. Today, Schubert is ranked among the greatest composers of the late Classical and early Romantic eras and is one of the most frequently performed composers of the early nineteenth century.
It was in the genre of the Lied that Schubert made his most indelible mark. Prior to Schubert's influence, Lieder tended toward a strophic, syllabic treatment of text, evoking the folksong qualities engendered by the stirrings of Romantic nationalism. Schubert expanded the potentialities of the genre like no other composer before.

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Disc #1
01.
Sonata in A Major, D. 959: I. Allegro
16:03
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
02.
Sonata in A Major, D. 959: II. Andantino
08:36
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
03.
Sonata in A Major, D. 959: III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
05:02
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
04.
Sonata in A Major, D. 959: IV. Rondo: Allegretto
12:36
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
05.
Sechs Moments Musicaux, Op. 94, D. 780: I. Moderato
05:25
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
06.
Sechs Moments Musicaux, Op. 94, D. 780: II. Andantino
06:45
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
07.
Sechs Moments Musicaux, Op. 94, D. 780: III. Allegro moderato
01:54
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
08.
Sechs Moments Musicaux, Op. 94, D. 780: IV. Moderato
04:59
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
09.
Sechs Moments Musicaux, Op. 94, D. 780: V. Allegro vivace
02:05
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
10.
Sechs Moments Musicaux, Op. 94, D. 780: VI. Allegretto
06:53
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
11.
Drei Klavierstücke, D. 946: No. 3 in C Major
05:30
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams

Disc #2
01.
Sonata in B-Flat, D. 960: I. Molto moderato
21:10
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
02.
Sonata in B-Flat, D. 960: II. Andante sostenuto
10:37
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
03.
Sonata in B-Flat, D. 960: III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace con delicatezza - Trio
04:05
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
04.
Sonata in B-Flat, D. 960: IV. Allegro ma non troppo
08:44
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
05.
Fantasy in C Major, D. 760 “Wanderer”: I. Allegro con fuoco, ma non troppo
06:18
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
06.
Fantasy in C Major, D. 760 “Wanderer”: II. Adagio
06:51
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
07.
Fantasy in C Major, D. 760 “Wanderer”: III. Presto
05:02
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
08.
Fantasy in C Major, D. 760 “Wanderer”: IV. Allegro
04:04
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
09.
Drei Klavierstücke, D. 946: No. 1 in E-Flat Minor
09:43
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams

Disc #3
01.
Sonata in C Minor, D. 958: I. Allegro
11:08
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
02.
Sonata in C Minor, D. 958: II. Adagio
09:09
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
03.
Sonata in C Minor, D. 958: III. Menuetto: Allegro
03:23
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
04.
Sonata in C Minor, D. 958: IV. Allegro
09:23
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
05.
Sonata in D Major, Op. 53 D. 850: I. Allegro
08:57
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
06.
Sonata in D Major, Op. 53 D. 850: II. Andante con moto
12:54
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
07.
Sonata in D Major, Op. 53 D. 850: III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
09:12
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
08.
Sonata in D Major, Op. 53 D. 850: IV. Rondo: Allegro moderato
08:51
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams

Disc #4
01.
Impromptus, Op. 90 D. 899: I. Allegro molto moderato
10:03
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
02.
Impromptus, Op. 90 D. 899: II. Allegro
04:52
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
03.
Impromptus, Op. 90 D. 899: III. Andante
06:34
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
04.
Impromptus, Op. 90 D. 899: IV. Allegretto
08:08
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
05.
Impromptus, Op. post. 142 D. 935: I. Allegro moderato
09:37
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
06.
Impromptus, Op. post. 142 D. 935: II. Allegretto
06:22
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
07.
Impromptus, Op. post. 142 D. 935: III. Andante
12:05
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
08.
Impromptus, Op. post. 142 D. 935: IV. Allegro scherzando
06:32
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams

Disc #5
01.
Sonata in A Minor, Op. 42 D. 845: I. Moderato
12:00
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
02.
Sonata in A Minor, Op. 42 D. 845: II. Andante, poco moto
12:27
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
03.
Sonata in A Minor, Op. 42 D. 845: III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
07:16
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
04.
Sonata in A Minor, Op. 42 D. 845: IV. Rondo: Allegro vivace
05:20
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
05.
Sonata in G Major, Op. 78 D. 894: I. Molto moderato e cantabile
13:49
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
06.
Sonata in G Major, Op. 78 D. 894: II. Andante
08:55
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
07.
Sonata in G Major, Op. 78 D. 894: III. Menuetto: Allegro moderato
04:43
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
08.
Sonata in G Major, Op. 78 D. 894: IV. Allegretto
09:10
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams

Disc #6
01.
Sonata in B Major, Op. post. 147 D. 575: I. Allegro, ma non troppo
08:05
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
02.
Sonata in B Major, Op. post. 147 D. 575: II. Andante
05:49
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
03.
Sonata in B Major, Op. post. 147 D. 575: III. Scherzo
05:29
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
04.
Sonata in B Major, Op. post. 147 D. 575: IV. Allegro giusto
05:03
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
05.
Sonata in A Major, Op. post. 120 D. 664: I. Allegro moderato
07:47
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
06.
Sonata in A Major, Op. post. 120 D. 664: II. Andante
05:19
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
07.
Sonata in A Major, Op. post. 120 D. 664: III. Allegro
07:15
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
08.
Sonata in A Minor, Op. post. 142 D. 784: I. Allegro giusto
13:51
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
09.
Sonata in A Minor, Op. post. 142 D. 784: II. Andante
04:45
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
10.
Sonata in A Minor, Op. post. 142 D. 784: III. Allegro vivace
05:48
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams

Disc #7
01.
Sonata in C Major, D. 840: I. Moderato
16:47
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
02.
Sonata in C Major, D. 840: II. Andante
10:58
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
03.
Sonata in C Major, D. 840: III. Menuetto (Allegretto)
06:23
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
04.
Sonata in C Major, D. 840: IV. Rondo (Allegro)
09:44
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
05.
2 Scherzos, D. 593: No. 1 in B-Flat
04:28
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
06.
2 Scherzos, D. 593: No. 2 in D-Flat
04:42
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
07.
Ungarische Melodie, D. 817
03:35
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
08.
Sechzehn Deutsche Tänze, Op. 33 D. 783
10:58
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
09.
Allegretto in C Minor, D. 915
05:17
(Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams

Disc #8
01.
Müllerlieder von Franz Schubert, S. 565: I. Das Wandern
02:01
(Franz Liszt, Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
02.
Müllerlieder von Franz Schubert, S. 565: II. Der Müller und der Bach
06:21
(Franz Liszt, Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
03.
12 Lieder von Franz Schubert, S. 558: IV. Erlkönig
04:45
(Franz Liszt, Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
04.
12 Lieder von Franz Schubert, S. 558: VII. Frühlingsglaube
03:42
(Franz Liszt, Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
05.
6 Melodien von Franz Schubert, S. 563: VI. Die Forelle
03:37
(Franz Liszt, Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
06.
Schwanengesang von Franz Schubert, S. 560: VII. Ständchen
06:01
(Franz Liszt, Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
07.
Schwanengesang von Franz Schubert, S. 560: X. Liebesbotschaft
03:04
(Franz Liszt, Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
08.
Schwanengesang von Franz Schubert, S. 560: III. Aufenthalt
03:40
(Franz Liszt, Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
09.
Schwanengesang von Franz Schubert, S. 560: VI. In der Ferne
07:00
(Franz Liszt, Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
10.
Franz Schuberts geistliche Lieder, S. 562: I. Litaney auf das Fest aller Seelen
03:26
(Franz Liszt, Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
11.
12 Lieder von Franz Schubert, S. 558: IX. Ständchen
03:03
(Franz Liszt, Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
12.
Winterreise von Franz Schubert, S. 561: IV. Die Post
02:53
(Franz Liszt, Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
13.
Winterreise von Franz Schubert, S. 561: VII. Der Lindenbaum
05:03
(Franz Liszt, Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
14.
12 Lieder von Franz Schubert, S. 558: II. Auf dem Wasser zu singen
04:48
(Franz Liszt, Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
15.
12 Lieder von Franz Schubert, S. 558: III. Du bist die Ruh
05:11
(Franz Liszt, Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
16.
12 Lieder von Franz Schubert, S. 558: XII. Ave Maria
06:21
(Franz Liszt, Franz Schubert) Llŷr Williams
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