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Schubert 'The Late Sonatas'
D784, 958, 959, 960

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Paul Lewis

An insightful collection of re-recordings (D.784 & D.958, recorded in 2013) and re-releases (D.959 & D.960, recorded in 2002) which highlight Paul Lewis’ acclaimed exploration of Schubert’s Sonatas, spanning over a decade. For his final Schubert Sonatas disc, Lewis revisits the works which helped to establish him as one of the greatest pianists of his generation.

 

“And though he's still young we shall come to recognise him - I mean immediately, by his sound, as one can recognise all the finest players. And then there will be the recognition of his distinctive personality, which on this showing is fresh, inquisitive, highly intelligent, and already astonishingly mature and equal to the challenge of being a guide on our journey through these great works. He makes us follow; makes us listen; he knows how and when to produce magic and also knows when it is enough just to open doors in order to reveal wondrous things. He can be straightforward and knows how to sing a lyric without portentousness.” Stephen Plaistow, CD Review, BBC Radio 3, 17 May 2003

 

ALSO AVAILABLE:

HMC902115/16 Piano Sonatas D840, 850 & 894, Impromptus D899, Klavierstücke D946

GRAMOPHONE RECORDING OF THE MONTH
CD Review Disc of the Week


HMC902136/37 Piano Sonata D845, Wandererfantasie D760, 4 Impromptus D935, Moments musicaux D780

INSTRUMENTAL CHOICE OF THE MONTH – BBCMM Xmas 2012
CRITICS’ CHOICE 2012 – GRAMOPHONE DECEMBER 2012

 

HMA1951755 Piano Sonatas D958, D784

 

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Méditations

Some of the most famous scenes in the Romantic opera repertoire, revisited by two outstanding soloists, in an unusual instrumental combination (oboe and harp) that is nevertheless perfectly in keeping with the opera house. Alongside the evergreen ‘Meditation’ from 'Thaïs', Céline Moinet and Sarah Christ have assembled a multitude of composers and works to produce a programme that is sheer enchantment.

 

“a superlative recording. Céline Moinet is clearly one of the finest oboists in the world; this disc is of such consistent musical and technical quality as to hold the attention throughout…an astonishingly successful release on all counts.”
Robert Matthew-Walker, IRR OUTSTANDING, International Record Review, July/August 2012

 

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Alain Planés

Bartók

Piano Works

"At last, something genuinely new." It was in these terms that Ferruccio Busoni greeted the publication in 1908 of the 14 Bagatelles, in which Béla Bartók conveyed the violent aesthetic impact of his discovery of authentic Hungarian peasant music. Over the next twenty years, up to the magisterial Piano Sonata of 1926, he indefatigably refined an innovative pianistic language – pungent, dissonant and percussive, with multiple new playing techniques – that was to influence the entire 20th century. A master of every style, from Haydn to Boulez by way of Chopin and Chabrier, Alain Planès stands revealed here as a Bartókian of the front rank.

 

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