The music of Schubert, Mendelssohn & Schumann takes on new life in this recording of a beautifully restored 1835 Graf piano. Penelope Crawford plays with drama and lyricism, using the full range of colors and subtle shadings that this extraordinary Viennese piano provides.
Two internationally acclaimed early-music specialists bring their considerable talents to bear on these lesser-known "accompanied" sonatas by J. C. Bach. Fortepianist Byron Schenkman---whose playing was recently called "dazzling!" by American Record Guide---and flutist Courtney Westcott present a program of this elegant and beautiful music that has been called the forerunner of the high Viennese style of Haydn and Mozart. Also includes the Sonata in C Minor for solo fortepiano. Find out why Schenkman's intense performances have been compared with those of Vladimir Horowitz and Jimi Hendrix!
"This is one of the best fortepiano recordings I have heard for a long time." -- Early Music Review, June 2002
Ella Sevskaya explores the soundscape of the Viennese piano with these three works from the late 1790's and early 1800's. Extensive notes on the piano and its use in this music, and the compositions.