- Fantasia for piano in C major ("Wanderer"), D. 760 (Op. 15)
- Piano Sonata No. 13 in A major, D. 664 (Op. 120)
- Piano Sonata No. 4 in A minor, D. 537 (Op. posth. 164)
Schubert: Piano Sonatas Nos. 4 & 13; Wanderer Fantasyby 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 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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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.