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A peaceful night. © Charles Thibo

“More concentrated, more energetic, more warmly and tenderly emotional I’ve never seen an artist.” The great US pianist Alfred Brendel quoted Johann Wolfgang von Goethe when asked what is so unique about Ludwig van Beethoven’s music. He said this to the New York Times in 1994 while he was recording all of Beethoven’s piano sonatas. The “Moonlight Sonata”, that is Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2, has all the attributes that Goethe and Brendel spoke about. It is dense and still emotional, stirring and still warm.

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Dying a thousand little deaths

 Schubert's Impromptus are deliciously painful. © Charles Thibo
Schubert’s Impromptus are deliciously painful. © Charles Thibo

Blogger’s warning: If you are prone to depression, please leave this page now. And please do not click on that link below and do not listen to the music I am about to present. This music is heart-breaking. It is deliciously painful. It marries lust and distress in an exquisite way by one of the masters of the Romantic era: Franz Schubert. And as so often with Schubert, every note of this piece is like dying a little death.

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