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Schubert: Piano Sonatas: No. 16 in A Minor D845 & No. 21 in B Flat Major D960
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Digital Booklet: Schubert
Digital Booklet: Schubert
1. 1. Moderato
2. 2. Andante, poco mosso
3. 3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)
4. 4. Rondo (Allegro vivace)
5. 1. Molto moderato
6. 2. Andante sostenuto
7. 3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace con delicatezza)
8. 4. Allegro ma non troppo
Top Customer Reviews
Here, she is captured playing two of Schubert's piano sonatas, the late great B flat and the A minor D845. Warm then wary, her reading of the late B major sonata never overstates its case. Her approach works brilliantly in a work of such rigidity and with a vast emotional range. Yet that passive approach yields fewer rewards in the earlier A minor sonata.
Pires rightly refuses to impose an aesthetic on Schubert's piano writing. Emotion and energy is implicit; there is no need to colour in. The effect in the B flat major sonata is one of initially untrammelled domesticity. The sound is slightly dry, though warm, from which the ominous trill in the left hand comes as something of a surprise. These details, articulations and whims within the work are picked out, though never slavishly.
Even the tonal journey within the first movement is allowed to speak of its own accord. Pires is more intent on pondering details of phrasing - beautifully bringing out the middle voicing - than she is in signposting the structure. But, released into the development section, she really allows the melodies to sing, building to a searing climax. It works because Pires has not frontloaded the movement with ponderous asides and pauses.
The occasionally lachrymose slow movement likewise pits passion against something more detached, though Pires's legato playing is sublime both here and in the Scherzo.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Maria Joao Pires is a truly exceptional artists- one of the most poetic pianist living today. A wonderful performance of the Schubert B flat sonata. Sit back and enjoy.Published on 17 Feb. 2014 by Nicholas Mathias
Love to review but unfortunately it's damaged.
Beaches Entertainment who supplied it won't send me a replacement, just a refund if/when I return the CD to the States at... Read more