Franz Schubert - Piano Sonatas D.840, 850 & 894
Paul Lewis has just emerged from a vast Beethoven project (the complete sonatas and piano concertos), greeted all over the world as a landmark and completed in 2011 by the Diabelli Variations – and now he returns to Franz Schubert, the other key focus of his concert career, the other pillar of his discography. In this double album, three late sonatas are accompanied by two sets of short pieces brimming with inventiveness, the Impromptus and Klavierstücke – once heard, never forgotten.
C D REVIEW DISC OF THE WEEK
GRAMOPHONE RECORDING OF THE MONTH
C minor / ut mineur / c-Moll
E flat major / Mi bémol majeur / Es-Dur
G flat major / Sol bémol majeur / Ges-Dur
A flat minor / la bémol mineur / as-Moll