William Youn / Klavierabend

Pianomania: Schubert’s Sonatas

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William Youn
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On the way to the summit

With his piano sonatas, Franz Schubert left a treasure trove to posterity, the value of which has only been recognised, even by the greatest keyboard virtuosi, in the last few decades. Today we know that the melancholy Viennese native was much more than just a composer of lieder. The Schubert sonatas have always played a central role in William Youn’s life, as can  be heard time after time in his intense interpretations.

On this stroll through the Schubert piano sonatas the Korean pianist visits different phases in the brilliant composer’s life and oeuvre. The recital opens with the Sonata in A minor, D 537: the dark and stormy work of a passionate 20-year-old. The A major sonata, D 664, was written just two years later (1819), and shows how quickly Schubert evolved into a superior sonata composer.

On the other hand, the Allegro moderato in F sharp minor D 571, the first movement of a work that was never finished, bears witness to the composer’s many attempts to master his art. William Youn has composed his own addition to the fragment, which he performs in his Pianomania recital. The Sonata in C minor, D 958, shows Schubert at the summit of the form: it is the first in a set of three sonatas that he wrote just a few months before his premature death at the end of 1828.


William Youn piano


Franz Schubert
Sonate a-Moll D 537
Sonate A-Dur D 664

– Interval –

Franz Schubert
Sonatensatz fis-Moll D 571
Sonate c-Moll D 958


Franz Schubert
Impromptu As-Dur D 935/2
Menuetto. Allegro moderato / aus: Sonate G-Dur D 894 »Fantasiesonate«

Robert Schumann / Franz Liszt
Widmung / aus: Myrthen op. 25

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Supporting programme

Fri, 14 Oct 2022 19:00
Insight piano with William Youn, Chilehaus, C. Bechstein Centrum



Promoter: HamburgMusik

Supported by the Cyril und Jutta A. Palmer Stiftung

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