Schubert - Piano Sonatas D960 & D664 | Harmonia Mundi HMM902282

Schubert - Piano Sonatas D960 & D664


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Label: Harmonia Mundi

Cat No: HMM902282

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 31st March 2017



The Sonata D664: an example of Schubert’s fine craftsmanship despite being in the shadow of the giant, Beethoven. Only nine years later, Schubert, just 31 years old, produced what was, already, his last sonata (D960), just a few weeks before his shockingly premature death. It would take many decades for these masterpieces to gain the same consideration as the late symphonies of Mozart or Beethoven’s Op.132 but this music is now cherished by today’s artists – among them Javier Perianes, who here returns to Schubert after a remarkable first volume that enjoyed great success with the public.

“As a first-rate Schubert player must, he knows how to make the piano ‘sing’, and very beautifully too. Nor is he merely sentient; he is a thinker. Structurally, dramatically, psychologically, rhetorically, his playing betrays a keen perception and intelligence.” - Piano (HMI987080: Schubert Impromptus D899, Allegretto in C minor, 3 Klavierstücke)


You know you’re in safe hands the moment Perianes and his Steinway strike the first notes of the haunting and masterly Sonata in B flat, D960, completed two months before Schubert’s death. The tone, like the acoustic, is gentle and warm, throwing into stark relief the shadows cast by the left hand’s bass trill – a troubling sound that keeps recurring, like a burrowing, malevolent mole. ... [In the] smaller, daintier A major Sonata, D664 ... Perianes again shows consummate skill dappling the tapestry with clouds, constantly shifting moods with a sureness of touch and attack right through to the celebratory finale.  Geoff Brown (Instrumental Choice)
BBC Music Magazine July 2017

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