As one reviewer notes, the Schubert Wanderer Fantasie was originally issued on LP coupled with the Sonata in a minor D845. That LP was my first solo piano LP, and did it get me hooked! I had no idea solo piano could be so dynamic and powerful, but still engage the heart in soul-searching ways. Pollini combines deep and profoundness with momentum and drive. You never go to sleep on this music, but you also don't feel driven over-driven.
Nothing ever seems glossed over with Pollini, but, unlike many other pianists who explore the intrinsic qualities of romantic works like these Fantasies, he never lets his exploration drag to the point of monotony. The Schumann, while a lesser know work than the famous Schubert, is certainly an even more incredible performance.
I, though, like one other reviewer noted, find it shameful that Universal issued these Fantasies without their accompanying Sonatas. Even more shameful, in 2002 Universal issued those two sonatas in a single disk as part of this same remastering series ("The Originals") catalog #463676-2, but it is not available in North America. It is available from Amazon as an import, asin # B00006L76P. I wouldn't be without either disk.