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Schubert: Piano Sonatas D.840, 850 & 894
 
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Schubert: Piano Sonatas D.840, 850 & 894

8 Nov 2011 | Format: MP3

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  • Label: harmonia mundi
  • Copyright: (c) 2011 harmonia mundi
  • Total Length: 2:37:03
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  • ASIN: B00BSNKOT0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,914 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Entartete Musik TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Nov 2011
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Schubert is remarkable. You try and explain or pigeon hole his music and he evades you every time. Paul Lewis's new disc of piano music - featuring three sonatas, the D899 Impromptus and the late Drei Klavierstücke - is a brilliant testament to this variety. Youthful exuberance and embittered resignation jostle for our attention. Lewis's innate understanding of mood and meaning makes this a superb disc.

Schubert's most winning passages are ones in which his curiosity and energy are at a peak. The D major sonata (D850) is a showcase of that vigorous activity. Creating a broad and driven sound, Lewis eschews all touches of the jaded Schubert that has been the hallmark of his and Mark Padmore's recent song cycles. There's an impulsiveness, undercut by temper-tantrum melancholy. Playing with expectation, there's gentle Volkslied sentimentality coming through in the Minuet. Such easy charm pervades the G flat major Impromptu and the cantabile counter melody of the final A flat minor work from that set. Energy and elegance are given equal weight throughout.

But both the G major sonata and the C major 'Relique' are played with comparative sobriety. This is the cerebral Schubert and Lewis is sure not to overplay his hand. The G major had seemed somewhat reticent at Wigmore Hall in June this year. In the context of the disc it has a private reserve, the logical outcome of the throbbing chords at the beginning of its first movement. But there's also abandon within this more self-effacing sound. The C minor Impromptu feels yet more aloof and cold, just another facet of the Schubert personality.

If the listener move relatively easily across these opposing worlds, Lewis daringly confronts you with the schizophrenia of the Drei Klavierstücke.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By CD O'NEIL on 22 April 2012
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I agree with the last chap. Lewis gets a depth of sound and emotion from his piano that is unprecedented. Schubert has NEVER sounded this good. At last someone to do him justice. A MUST BUY.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William John Wharton on 25 Mar 2013
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Moving, sublime, beautiful. In the hands of this gifted genius no other perfomances can compare. The sound engineers too, often overlooked, have given us a resonant and sonorous recording. Looking forward to hearing much more of Paul Lewis.
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