The Wanderer: Schubert, Berg, Liszt

The Wanderer: Schubert, Berg, Liszt

by Seong-Jin ChoSeong-Jin Cho




Seong-Jin Cho's The Wanderer takes its title from Schubert's "Fantasy in C major, D. 760," which bears that subtitle, but that work hangs together well with the Berg "Piano Sonata, Op. 1," and the Liszt "Piano Sonata in B minor" that fill out the program. All three works are sonatas of a sort and reflect the persistence of the sonata idea (or its decay, depending on your perspective) in the later Romantic and early modern eras. Pianist Cho both recognizes this unity and builds on it with sharply contrasting performances. His "Wanderer Fantasy" is clean, Olympian in the Beethovenian polyphony of the last "movement," and a trifle restrained. His Berg sonata is Viennese, tuneful, a bit smoky, oriented toward the work's late Romantic predecessors more than to the innovations to come. If listeners find these performances competent but unremarkable, they must persist. Cho's Liszt "Sonata in B minor" is an extraordinarily powerful and dramatic performance. Cho is not the first pianist whose inner virtuoso star has been shaken loose by this work, but the pianist has the power to deliver on his considerable ambitions. Sample from the beginning to hear the muscular approach, and be assured that the sweep of the work is uninterrupted. This is a Liszt sonata to stand with those of the giants, and the whole album is well worth the time and money.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/08/2020
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
UPC: 0028948379095
catalogNumber: 003184802


  1. Fantasia for piano in C major ("Wanderer"), D. 760 (Op. 15)

    1. Allegro con fuoco ma non troppo -
    2. Adagio -
    3. Presto -
    4. Allegro
  2. Piano Sonata, Op. 1
  3. Piano Sonata in B minor, S. 178 (LW A179)

    1. Lento assai - Allegro energico -
    2. Grandioso - Cantando espressivo - Pesante - Recitativo -
    3. Andante sostenuto - Quasi adagio -
    4. Allegro energico - Più mosso - Cantando espressivo senza slentare - Stretta quasi presto - Presto -

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