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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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