MUSIC OF BEETHOVEN AND SCHUBERT
with David Breitman, fortepiano:
Six Bagatelles, op, 126 (1823-24) Ludwig van Beethoven
Four Impromptus Op. 90 (1827) Franz Schubert
Sonata in E major, op. 109 (1820-21) Beethoven
Eminent fortepianist David Breitman is equally at home on the modern piano, and enjoys both solo and ensemble playing. His collaboration with baritone Sanford Sylvan spanned more than thirty years, with several hundred recitals and four CD’s, ranging from Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin, to the premiere recording of The Glass Hammer, a major song cycle by the Cuban-American composer Jorge Martin. He has recorded the Mozart piano-violin sonatas on historical instruments with Jean-François Rivest for Analekta, and, in a collaboration of a different sort, he is one of seven fortepianists on the 10-CD recording of the complete Beethoven piano sonata cycle on CLAVES. Beethoven has continued to be a major preoccupation, with recent recordings of the complete violin sonatas with Elizabeth Wallfisch (for the Nimbus label) and the cello sonatas and variations with Jaap ter Linden (not yet released).
David is the director of the Historical Performance Program at Oberlin Conservatory where he teaches fortepiano and clavichord as well as courses in performance practice, and is currently working on a book titled “Time-Travel for Pianists: How Today’s Players Can Learn from Yesterday’s Instruments.”
Fortepiano by Paul McNulty, 2003 (Divisov, Czech Republic) after Conrad Graf, 1819 (Vienna)