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Till Fellner keeps rhetorical excess at bay in his performance of Schubert's last sonatas, while a Janá?cek opera is not quite ruined by a silly production

By Stephen Everson   July 2006

Unrhetorical Schubert “We are happy because we know that our life isn’t long. So it’s necessary to make use of every moment, to use it properly. It’s all hurry in our life—and longing.” So wrote the 68-year-old Czech composer Leos? Janác?ek in December 1922 after seeing Karel C?apek’s play Ve?c Makropoulos (“The Makropoulos Case”), which received its premiere in Prague that month.

Hurry and longing were no doubt notable features of the final summer of Franz Schubert in 1828, even if he did not know that his respite from the ravages of syphilis would come to a rapid end that…

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