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Schubert: Impromptus Op. 142; Sonate Op. 78


German historical keyboardist Andreas Staier began his career as a harpsichordist, but has moved forward chronologically into repertory using various instruments. Often he tries to match the instrument very closely to the one that might have been used when a work was composed or originally performed; the copy, played here, of an 1827 instrument by the Viennese maker Graf could have come straight out of the last stages of Schubert's life. The case for authentic instruments with Schubert is less compelling than it is for Baroque music or even for Haydn and Mozart; the Graf piano doesn't presuppose, in a way that a fortepiano of the 1780s does, structural possibilities fundamentally different from those of a modern grand, and it's easy to imagine that Schubert would have been delighted with the rapid technological advances that came along in pianos of the next few decades. Nevertheless, Staier succeeds, as he so often does, in linking musical developments to technological ones. The program pairs the Piano... Hide synopsis

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