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Release Date: Friday 4 December 2020
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Dances were an important element in Schubert's compositions. He favoured the Ländler, triple time country dances - perfect material for Viennese middle-class tastes - and the Écossaise, supposedly Scottish, cast in duple time and performed with women and men facing each other. The 30 Minuets with Trios, of which ten are lost, sport especially captivating and varied Trios, while the two Écossaises from the German Dances, D. 783 are vivacious examples of Schubert's genial mastery of the genre.
Daniel Lebhardt was selected to be a Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) Artist in 2015 and is currently based in Birmingham. In 2014 Lebhardt won First Prize at the Young Concert Artists international auditions in Paris and New York. In 2016 he won Most Promising Pianist at the Sydney International Piano Competition. Recent highlights include his debut with the Hallé Orchestra playing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5, and his concerto debuts at the Barbican and Birmingham Symphony Hall performing the same work. Lebhardt has given recitals at the Aldeburgh, Heidelberger Frühling, Lucerne and Tallinn Festivals, Wigmore Hall, London and Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Music Center, New York, among others. In 2020 he made his Ukrainian debut in recital in Kiev, subsequently receiving an immediate invitation to return for a performance of Rachmaninov's iconic Piano Concerto No. 3.