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Schubert: Piano Sonatas D784, D958, D959 & D960 / Paul Lewis, piano

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in A minor, D 784/Op. 143
>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in C minor, D 958
>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in A major, D 959
>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

British pianist Paul Lewis's auspicious 2001 harmonia mundi début release marked the beginning of his fascination with the music of Franz Schubert. Thirteen years later, now hailed as "the finest Schubert interpreter of his generation" (Gramophone), Lewis offers this two-disc collection, the final installment of his three-part Schubert series, which presents newly recorded interpretations of sonatas D784 & 958 paired with his 2012 recording of Sonatas D959 and D960. The 'late' works of Schubert hold a special place in Lewis's heart. In a recent interview he said, "There is no precedent in his music for what the language becomes - that sense of austerity, sparseness, hopelessness, terror even! I think he suddenly had an acute awareness of his own mortality."

Presto Classical, 12th May 2014
While there's no doubt about the virtuosity and authority of Lewis's playing, there's certainly nothing superficially flashy about his performance either...throughout these sonatas I sensed a deeply considered performance where the primary concern was merely letting this extraordinary music speak for itself.

BBC Music Magazine, July 2014
It almost goes without saying that this is piano playing of the highest calibre, to which the recorded sound does full justice. Yet I do have reservations about his choice of repeats...Lewis's is by far the best realisiations of [the slow movement off D959] that I have ever heard.

MusicWeb International, 16th June 2014
Lewis is one of the best pianists I know for delivering both explosiveness of drama and the kind of melting expressiveness which draws you in, but without losing that inner core of strength which raises Schubert from genteel picturesqueness into an artist of granite stature.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teldex Studio Berlin.



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>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in A minor, D 784/Op. 143
  • Performer: Paul Lewis (Piano)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 02/1823

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in C minor, D 958
  • Performer: Paul Lewis (Piano)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1828

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in A major, D 959
  • Performer: Paul Lewis (Piano)
  • Running Time: 37 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 09/1828

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960
  • Performer: Paul Lewis (Piano)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 09/1828