Sonata in B-Flat Major, D. 960, Op. Posthumous

painting by Claudine Franck

Die Nebensonnen by Claudine Franck

Franz Schubert’s Sonata in B-Flat Major, D. 960, was the composer’s last major composition for piano. Written in the autumn months of 1828 before the composer’s death on November 19 — only two months before his thirty-second birthday — the sonata lay unpublished for almost a decade (hence its traditional title, “opus posthumous”). Although initially neglected by recitalists, from the perspective of almost two centuries the sonata has come to be recognized as one of the most profound works of the 19th Century. In four movements, we find the composer at both his most elegiac and effervescent. In this recording, pianist Lynn Rice-See includes a repetition of the first movement’s exposition which, despite Schubert’s instructions, pianists usually omit. – Mike Linton

Lynn Rice-SeePianist Lynn Rice-See is one of the best known pianists in the South East.

Since her 1982 Carnegie Recital Hall debut, she has performed as recitalist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician on both sides of the Atlantic, playing with the Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra in the Czech Republic and in the US with the Gulf Coast, Huntsville, Johnson City, and Kingsport symphonies. The Ministere de la Communauté Français presented Rice-See in recital in Brussels and the German-American Institute of Saarbrücken sponsored her in a tour of Germany. Between 1991 and 1994 she was a member of the Tennessee Arts Commission, presenting recitals throughout the state. Rice-See is particularly admired for the depth of her interpretations of Berg, Scriabin, and Schubert and has released several CD’s featuring this repertoir.

A former student of Walter Hautzig, Beveridge Webster and John Perry, Rice-See holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory (B.Mus.), The Juilliard School (M.Mus) and the University of Southern California (D.M.A.). Rice-See oversaw the keyboard music program at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN from 2005 – 2013 and from 1989-2005 was a member of the piano faculty at East Tennessee State University. She has also taught at the Manhattan School of Music in New York and at William Carey College.

Her critically acclaimed book, The Piano Teaching of Walter Hautzig was published by Edwin Mellen Press in 2008.

Recently retired from teaching, she currently lives and performs in New York City.

For more from Lynn Rice-See be sure to check out Las fuentes del café del rey moro.

John Hill

Recording Engineer John Hill’s recording of the Metropolis Symphony (by Michael Daugherty) performed by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra garnered five Grammy® nominations in 2010.  At the 53rd Annual Awards Ceremony in Feb. 2011, Mr. Hill won two awards in the categories of Best Engineered Album, Classical and Best Orchestral Performance.  He was also nominated the previous year for his recording of Ravel’s L’enfant et les Sortileges (again with the NSO) for Best Classical Album. Professor of Recording Industry at Middle Tennessee State University, Mr. Hill earned his B. Mus. from Wilfrid Laurier University and his M. Mus. (Sound Recording) from McGill University in Montreal.  Before coming to MTST, Hill was an Associate Professor of Music at California State University Dominguez Hills, a professional audio associate at the Banff Center in Alberta, Canada and the Co-Director of the Edgar Stanton Audio Recording Institute at the Aspen Music Festival.

To see more of Claudine Franck’s paintings, please visit her website here.


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