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'Homage to Schubert'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Homage to Schubert'

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'Homage to Schubert'

Kurtag Hommage a Schubert Schubert Piano Sonatas--No. 13, D664; No. 17, D850

Widmann Idyll und Abgrund Benjamin Hochman pf

Avie [F] AV2281 (72' * DDD)

Benjamin Hochman's Avie solo debut frames two fascinating and relatively unfamiliar contemporary Schubert tributes between two frequently recorded Schubert sonatas. A series of evocatively stark chords makes up Gyorgy Kurtag's minute-long Hommage a Schubert, a piece as striking for what it says as for what it leaves unspoken. Idyll and Abyss by Jorg Widmann contains six short movements that interweave and superimpose dynamically varied Schubert passages and dissonant original material into wispy, gentle and ear-catching collages.

Hochman brings requisite songfulness and understatement to Schubert's 'little' A major Sonata, D664, although his heldback Allegro finale yields to more vital, bracingly characterised interpretations (Anna Malikova is a particular favourite). Hochman's rock-steady unfolding of the opening Allegro vivace of the D major Sonata, D850, evokes similarly architectonic versions by Ashkenazy, Goode and Richter, yet with less thrust and forward impetus. …

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