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Schubert: Piano Sonatas-No 13

Magazine article Gramophone

Schubert: Piano Sonatas-No 13

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Schubert

Piano Sonatas--No 13, D664; No 18, D894

Janina Fialkowska pf

ATMA Classique [C] ACD2 2681 (56' * DDD)

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Janina Fialkowska has a palpable vision of how these two different sonatas should work, making them very much her own. And while she's a pianist who views the music itself as more important than the ego of the interpreter, what emerges is a refreshingly clear sense of structure and clarity, qualities emphasised by the relatively dry recording. In this respect she's at the other end of the spectrum from a pianist such as Arcadi Volodos, whose reading of D894 is a veritable coat of many colours. In the opening movement of D664 she lets the music's good humour speak for itself, unlike some pianists who feel the need to emphasise its charm. And if she is less overtly playful than Lupu and less hyper-reactive than Uchida (but then who isn't?), that is not to imply any plainness in Fialkowska's reading.

There's a tensile strength to her interpretation of D894 that has certain qualities in common with Lewis's Beethoven-infused drama. …

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