Schubert: Piano Sonatas Nos. 4 & 13; Wanderer Fantasy

Schubert: Piano Sonatas Nos. 4 & 13; Wanderer Fantasy

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by Eldar Nebolsin
     
 

Since Franz Schubert's "Fantasy in C major, D. 760, Wandererfantasie,"" is essentially a sonata in its four-movement form, and has a duration comparable to his piano sonatas, it makes sense for Eldar Nebolsin to program it with two works in that genre, the "Sonata No. 4 in A minor, D. 537," and the "Sonata No. 13 in A major, D. 664." Yet "Wandererfantasie" is such an… See more details below

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Since Franz Schubert's "Fantasy in C major, D. 760, Wandererfantasie,"" is essentially a sonata in its four-movement form, and has a duration comparable to his piano sonatas, it makes sense for Eldar Nebolsin to program it with two works in that genre, the "Sonata No. 4 in A minor, D. 537," and the "Sonata No. 13 in A major, D. 664." Yet "Wandererfantasie" is such an imposing work of formal, technical, and expressive complexity and difficulty, it should be regarded as the weightiest of the three pieces here; inevitably, the two sonatas will feel a little like preludes, as if they were chosen specifically to foreshadow or prepare for it. That's not too far-fetched, if one listens for ideas that resemble the rhythmic and melodic patterns that emerge in "Wandererfantasie." Note especially the hammered chords in the first movement of the "Sonata No. 4," which seem at the outset to anticipate the main theme of the later work, or the song-like elements in both sonatas that point up the use of the song "Der Wanderer" in the Fantasy. Nebolsin surely understands Schubert, right down to the smallest details, so his selections, whether arrived at intuitively or by analysis, are appropriate, and his performances give the whole album a coherence and unity that seem instructive. Schubert's creative process may be difficult for lesser mortals to comprehend, but Nebolsin's cogent interpretations and masterful execution fully convey Schubert's music with clarity of purpose and emotional power. Naxos provides excellent audio reproduction.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/31/2011
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313245970
catalogNumber:
8572459
Rank:
361239

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  1. Fantasia for piano in C major ("Wanderer"), D. 760 (Op. 15)  - Franz Schubert  - Eldar Nebolsin
  2. Piano Sonata No. 13 in A major, D. 664 (Op. 120)  - Franz Schubert  - Eldar Nebolsin
  3. Piano Sonata No. 4 in A minor, D. 537 (Op. posth. 164)  - Franz Schubert  - Eldar Nebolsin

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