SCHUBERT: SONATA IN A MAJORImpromptu in B-flat, Ständchen (Liszt)
Franz Schubert, Franz Schubert-Liszt
PAM GOLDBERG, piano
"The energy Pam derives from playing before live audiences carries over into her recording sessions, if we are to judge from the results in her latest album... Pam’s careful pacing of [the Impromptu] plus a regard for Schubert’s delicate shadings and shy half-lights, pays off handsomely in this performance... At the very end [of the Sonata] following a swirl of arpeggios, Schubert delivers the ultimate surprise as the coda ends in a transformation of the very theme we heard right at the beginning of the sonata. Pam’s superb timing helps bring off this stroke of genius."
Phil Muse, Atlanta Audio Club [Dcember 2022]
PROGRAM NOTES“When I recorded these pieces in 2017, the world was a different place. We had never heard of COVID nor had we bore witness to the unspeakable crisis in the Ukraine. The works on this program hold a special place in my heart. I performed Schubert’s Op.90 Impromptus in their entirety in 1994 at my Masters recital at the Manhattan School of Music, and knew then that I would one day play the Op.142 Impromptus as well. Each is a gem and a world unto itself. Yuja Wang’s performance of the Sonata in A major featured here that I heard years ago made a lasting impression on me; I knew I had to learn it. The piece spoke to me in ways I cannot express in words. The last piece on the program, Ständchen, is a favorite of my Father’s, who insisted I learn it. A lawyer by trade and now an art dealer with an exceptional ear and knowledge of piano repertoire, he has been my number one ally in both discussing and critiquing pieces before my performances. There is no doubt that I inherited my passion for the piano and music from him, and it is to him that I dedicate this album.” [Pam Goldberg]
Pam Goldberg has performed on many of New York’s stages, including Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall, and at the New York Historical Society, Tenri Cultural Institute, Jewish Museum and Museum of Jewish Heritage. Widely acknowledged to have created the blueprint for venues like Le Poisson Rouge and SubCulture, Goldberg created a unique environmental concept for both performer and audience, one distinctly different from the traditional concert hall. In 2000 she founded Classical Cafe, a non-profit concert series under the auspices of the 92nd Street Y that took place in a jazz club setting on New York City’s upper west side. The significantly positive response to Classical Cafe led to a focus on reaching a larger audience base, and consequently a move to Governors Island as the next venue to host The Rite of Summer Music Festival. The festival’s inaugural concert took place in July 2011 and performances continue up to the present day. In addition to Goldberg’s concertizing and entrepreneurial pursuits, she also teaches privately in New York, and served on the piano faculty of the Diller-Quaile School of Music for 10 years. As a recording artist, she has released two CDs, one featuring Schumann’s Kreisleriana and Mozart’s Sonata in B-flat major, K.570, and the other an album of Mozart sonatas for piano and violin with violinist, Christine Sohn. Pam Goldberg, who earned her Bachelors degree from Connecticut College and Masters degree from Manhattan School of Music, has studied with Joseph Kalichstein, Stephanie Brown, Arkady Aronov and Miyoko Lotto, among others.
Recorded in January 2017 at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York. Recording engineer: Dongsok Shin.
PROGRAMFRANZ SCHUBERT (1797-1828)
IMPROMPTU IN B-FLAT MAJOR, OP.142, NO.3 (D.935)
PIANO SONATA IN A MAJOR, D.959
III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
IV. Rondo. Allegretto
FRANZ SCHUBERT | Arranged by FRANZ LISZT (1811-1886)
STÄNDCHEN (from Schwanengesang, D.957)