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Franz Schubert: Piano Sonatas D 958 & D 959 / Inon Barnatan, piano

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in C minor, D 958
>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in A major, D 959
>Schubert, Franz : Impromptu in G flat major, D 899, no 9
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Inon Barnatan is "a born Schubertian" who performs with "sensitivity, poise, and focus" (Gramophone). Schubert occupies a great deal of his 2013/14 season, including his second AVIE release of the two late Sonatas, D958 and D959. Inon's first release for AVIE, Darknesse Visible (AVR 2256) debuted in the Top 25 of the Billboard Traditional Classical Chart in its first week of release and received universal critical acclaim, including BBC Music Magazine's Instrumental Choice of the Month and a coveted place on the New York Times' Best Classical Music Recordings of 2012.

BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013
This is superior playing, in which penetrating musicianship, compelling interpretative insight and elegant pianism achieve a near-perfect equilibrium...If I have one hovering reservation about the recital as a whole, it's that the playing is perhaps too consistently beautiful. I can think of worse faults.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2013
He relates utterly naturally to the anguished world of Schubert's final piano pieces...There's no shortage of rhetoric in the C minor (D958)...the A major Sonata (D959) is finer still. Barnatan conveys right from the outset the sense of disquiet...the finale, lustrously shaded and endlessly subtly phrased, is one of the best things here.

American Record Guide, January/February 2014
Here is yet another pianist with a full grasp of Schubert interpretation. 40 years ago performances and recordings were few. Now we have a whole generation ready to embrace these works, fully in sympathy with their magnificence, and having the means to make them work for today's more receptive audiences. The Israeli born Barnatan, who has already given us a fine performance of the composer's last sonata has a warm rounded tone and a wide dynamic range. Moreover, he is able to perform the slow movements with aching beauty, while bringing power and momentum to the other sections of these sonatas.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC (10/18/2012-10/21/2012).



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>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in C minor, D 958
  • Performer: Inon Barnatan (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC (10/18/2012-10/21/2012)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1828

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in A major, D 959
  • Performer: Inon Barnatan (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC (10/18/2012-10/21/2012)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 09/1828

>Schubert, Franz : Impromptu in G flat major, D 899, no 9
  • Performer: Inon Barnatan (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC (10/18/2012-10/21/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: ?1827