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Posted July 18, 2011
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.