The Austrian Connection
Title:

The Austrian Connection

Artists:

Sarah Beth Briggs, piano

Release Date:

5th June 2020

Cat No:

AV2418

Price:

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Summary:

Much lauded for her interpretations of Hans Gál’s concerto and chamber music works, Sarah Beth Briggs presents the composer’s beguiling Three Preludes alongside well-loved works by three of his greatest Austrian forebears – Haydn, Mozart and Schubert. Following meticulous examination of the original scores, Briggs sensitively translates the authentic character of each work to the resources of a modern piano with revelatory results.

Tracklist:

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809)
1. Variations on Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser (7.28)

Piano Sonata in C, Hob. XVI/50 (15.25)
2. Allegro 6.33
3. Adagio 6.19
4. Allegro molto 2.33

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)
Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K. 310 (20.11)
5. Allegro maestoso 5.56
6. Andante cantabile con espressione 11.08
7. Presto 3.07

Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828)
Piano Sonata in A, D. 664 (21.00)
8. Allegro moderato 8.09
9. Andante 5.14
10. Allegro 7.37

Hans Gál (1890 – 1987)
Three Preludes, Op. 65 (1944) (9.28)
11. Vivacissimo 2.40
12. Lento e tranquillo 4.35
13. Presto grazioso e con anima 2.13
Total timing: 74.21

Recorded 7 – 9 January, 2020, Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, Leeds, UK
Recording produced, engineered and edited by Simon Fox-Gál

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