Schubert: Piano Sonatas No. 4 & 13, Wanderer Fantasy / Nebolsin

> Piano Sonata No. 4 in A minor, Op. 164, D. 537 - I. Allegro ma non troppo
> Piano Sonata No. 4 in A minor, Op. 164, D. 537 - II. Allegretto quasi andantino
> Piano Sonata No. 4 in A minor, Op. 164, D. 537 - III. Allegro vivace
> Piano Sonata No. 13 in A major, Op. 120, D. 664 - I. Allegro moderato
> Piano Sonata No. 13 in A major, Op. 120, D. 664 - II. Andante
> Piano Sonata No. 13 in A major, Op. 120, D. 664 - III. Allegro
> Fantasy in C major, Op. 15, D. 760, "Wandererfantasie" - I. Allegro con fuoco ma non troppo
> Fantasy in C major, Op. 15, D. 760, "Wandererfantasie" - II. Adagio
> Fantasy in C major, Op. 15, D. 760, "Wandererfantasie" - III. Presto
> Fantasy in C major, Op. 15, D. 760, "Wandererfantasie" - IV. Allegro

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in A minor, D 537/Op. 164
>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in A major, D 664/Op. 120
>Schubert, Franz : Fantasy for Piano in C major, D 760/Op. 15 "Wanderer"
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Acclaimed for his Naxos recordings of music by Chopin, Liszt, Dohnányi and Rachmaninov, Eldar Nebolsin here fulfills a heartfelt ambition to record important piano works by another great Romantic composer, Franz Schubert. The passion and pathos of the two sonatas, with their song-like melodies and adventurous harmonies, set the scene for one of Schubert's most powerful solo piano pieces, the Wanderer Fantasy.

Fanfare
This disc is my introduction to [Eldar Nebolsin's] playing and I am favorably impressed... Nebolsin characterizes the themes beautifully, with the grander passages played boldly but never percussively and the lyrical ones displaying eloquence and a seamless legato. Textures are clear and perfectly voiced.

American Record Guide
The Allegretto quasi andantino from D 537 is particularly felicitous, and the final Allegro vivace has sparkling articulation. The same can be said for D 664... the famous Wanderer Fantasy, long a favorite of pianists, is played with vigor and stunning control, especially in the more taxing passages. Nebolsin is able to move ahead without slowing down for the real challenges, especially in the concluding fugal Allegro...

MusicWeb International
Eldar Nebolsin gives first class performances of the Wanderer Fantasy and the two sonatas, and I would highly recommend this disc especially at budget price.

Audio Video Club of Atlanta
The A minor Sonata D 537, perhaps the earliest of Schubert's completed sonatas, is in three movements. The opening is characterized by harp-like arpeggios and natural sounding echo effects in a higher register which come across beautifully here. The song-like slow movement, a happily inspired Allegretto, is so prodigal with its melody as to beget a lovely secondary theme related to it. The finale is equally inspired, ending abruptly in A Major with as decisive a key resolution as you will hear in music.

Classic FM
Nebolsin's grasp of structure, simplicity of approach with clear, natural phrasing, and the song-like purity of the recorded sound make this a very special Schubert disc... Nebolsin's discs of Rachmaninov and Liszt have rightly won universal high praise. I hope this does the same.

Fanfare
Nebolsin's playing of the stunning Wanderer Fantasy, Schubert's most fiery piece, is more toward the grand and regal side than the aggressive, forward rolling side. I appreciate the piece either way and Nebolsin makes a convincing case for a more cosmic approach that allows for lyricism as well as lightning bolts.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK (10/24/2009-10/25/2009).



Reviews

Good, Solid Schubert
This recording features two of Schubert’s Piano Sonatas as well as his Wanderer Fantasy. According to the notes on the back of the CD case, Mr. Nebolsin has long wanted to record works by Schubert for the Naxos label, and you can hear that he loves the music that he is playing. Piano Sonata No. 4 in A minor is played well, and definitely makes use of the wide dynamic-range that Mr. Nebolsin coerces from the piano. However, Piano Sonata No. 13 in A Major is truly a thing of beauty, the Andante movement particularly so – it is delicate and evocative and stirring, just as it should be. The 3rd movement is playful and boisterous, and full of technical difficulty, although it is certainly not evident how hard it is to play this piece. Finally, the Wanderer Fantasy – this thing is just a beast to play. And Mr. Nebolsin jumps right in lets the music take over. He definitely uses a wide dynamic range, neither too loud or too soft, but getting to the emotional core of the piece (particularly in the 2nd movement). The 3rd movement is also a treat to hear. While I can’t speak from experience as to the level of stamina needed to play with this level of delicacy at this point, I certainly recognize and salute the performer here. Bravo. This CD is a worth addition to my collection…a good, solid interpretation of three of the great pieces of Franz Schubert.
Submitted on 07/18/11 by KlingonOpera 
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Works Details

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in A minor, D 537/Op. 164
  • Performer: Eldar Nebolsin (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK (10/24/2009-10/25/2009)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 03/1817

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in A major, D 664/Op. 120
  • Performer: Eldar Nebolsin (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK (10/24/2009-10/25/2009)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 07/1819

>Schubert, Franz : Fantasy for Piano in C major, D 760/Op. 15 "Wanderer"
  • Performer: Eldar Nebolsin (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK (10/24/2009-10/25/2009)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 11/1822