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Schubert: Piano Sonatas D.840, 850 & 894; Impromptus / Paul Lewis

Audio Samples

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in A major, D 664/Op. 120
>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in G major, D 894/Op. 78
>Schubert, Franz : Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90
>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in C major, D 840 "Reliquie"
>Schubert, Franz : Pieces (3) for Piano, D 946

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in A major, D 664/Op. 120
>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in G major, D 894/Op. 78
>Schubert, Franz : Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90
>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in C major, D 840 "Reliquie"
>Schubert, Franz : Pieces (3) for Piano, D 946
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Following on his hugely successful Beethoven recording project - which spanned the complete sonatas and concertos as well as the Diabelli Variations - pianist Paul Lewis returns to Franz Schubert - a key focus of both his concert career and discography. On this double album, three late sonatas are accompanied by the Impromptus and Klavierstücke - two sets of short pieces brimming with inventiveness.

"As Lewis's legions of admirers would expect, they are all superbly well played, with the same clarity and careful attention to every detail that is also lavished on the Four Impromptus of D899 and the three very late piano pieces D946. Unlike some of Lewis's more recent Beethoven performances, there's nothing over emphatic here... It's a fine, thoughtful set." -The Guardian

"Lewis’s mature insight into the workings and emotional characteristics of these works lends his interpretations particular power and depth, not just in the sonatas but also in the impromptus and the late Klavierstücke as well. Considered thought always seems to support and nourish Lewis’s performances, and here his instincts animate the music absorbingly." -The Daily Telegraph

"Mr. Lewis, the superb English pianist who has spent much of the last decade performing and recording Beethoven, is now focusing on Schubert. In this set he offers richly nuanced, soulful renditions of the Sonatas in C (D. 840), D (D. 850) and G (D. 894), the Impromptus (D. 899) and the Klavierstücke (D. 946), all fine examples of his compelling artistry." -The New York Times

International Record Review
Particularly admirable is Lewis's differentiation between Schubert's idiosyncratic indications... [in D850] his playing seems to exude a quiet jauntiness, an unencumbered masculinity, observant, appreciative and filled with pleasure that, in its guileless utterance, is heart-stoppingly beautiful... I don't know of a more convincing or enjoyable performance [of D946]

Gramophone Magazine
Every now and again a recording comes along that makes you want to dance in the street, handing out copies to complete strangers. This is one of those instances... Time and again, you marvel at the confidence and sureness of Lewis's playing, combined with the finesse and musicality that he has always displayed. It's the kind of playing, in fact, where comparisons cease to matter... .An undoubted contender for the 2012 Awards.

BBC Music Magazine
I enjoyed every moment of these two superbly recorded discs... These are model accounts, in which Lewis, clearly a modest man, is intent on keeping himself out of the picture... I would like to hear more of him, and I'm sure Schubert would feel the same... When Schubert is being mysterious yet somehow simple, as in the unfinished so-called 'Reliquie' Sonata, Lewis's reticence is ideal. If he is open to criticism at all, it is only at the most exalted level.

Sunday Telegraph
Lewis's Beethoven sonatas placed him firmly in the company of great contemporary pianists. In Schubert, too, his graceful phrasing and command of dynamic contrasts are equally impressive. His magisterial account of the C major Sonata (D840) challenges all other recorded interpretations with its combination of head and heart.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teldex Studio Berlin (03/2011/07/2011).



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Works Details

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in A major, D 664/Op. 120
  • Performer: Paul Lewis (Piano)
  • Running Time: 38 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 08/1825

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in G major, D 894/Op. 78
  • Performer: Paul Lewis (Piano)
  • Running Time: 39 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 10/1826

>Schubert, Franz : Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90
  • Performer: Paul Lewis (Piano)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: ?1827

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in C major, D 840 "Reliquie"
  • Performer: Paul Lewis (Piano)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 04/1825

>Schubert, Franz : Pieces (3) for Piano, D 946
  • Performer: Paul Lewis (Piano)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 05/1828