- Piano Sonata No. 1 in E major, D. 157
- Piano Sonata No. 18 in G major ("Fantasy"), D. 894 (Op. 78)
- Der Müller und der Bach ("Wo ein treues Herze"), song for voice & piano (Die schöne Müllerin), D. 795/19 (Op. 25/19)
Let's not beat around the bush -- Arcadi Volodos is the most astonishingly gifted and imaginative Russian pianist since Sviatoslav Richter. Listen, for example, to his compelling performance of Schubert's youthful (and unfinished) E Major Sonata. In lesser hands, this music tends to ramble, and though not even Volodos convinces one that it is a masterpiece, he certainly plays it like one, giving the music an orchestral richness that fits the work's character surprisingly well. The melancholy, songful Andante is played very lightly, in almost hushed tones, yet the emotional weight of this music never seemed so great. The G Major Sonata, on the other hand, is one of Schubert's greatest instrumental works, and here Volodos is in his element, for this is understated music, and understatement is his forte. Brendel finds more rugged drama here, to be sure, but Volodos's intimate account is like reading someone's private diary and experiencing the secret joys and heartaches of a distant friend. Recorded in the glowing acoustics of the Sofienssal in Vienna, the disc captures every subtle nuance of the pianist's finely shaded tone. Highest possible recommendation.