Magazine article Gramophone

Schuncke: Grande Sonata, Op 3

Magazine article Gramophone

Schuncke: Grande Sonata, Op 3

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Schuncke

Grande Sonata, Op 3. Divertissement brillant sur des motifs allemands, Op 12. Caprices--No 1, Op 9; No 2, Op 10. Rondeau brillant, Op 11. Rondeau, Op 15. Air suisse variee

Tatiana Larionova pf

Brilliant (B) 94807 (70' * DDD)

Poor old Ludwig Schuncke! He makes Mozart and Schubert seem long-lived, dying of tuberculosis in 1834, two weeks shy of his 24th birthday. This is the first CD dedicated to his music and Tatiana Larionova is a sympathetic advocate. The most ambitious work here is Schuncke's G minor Grande Sonata, dedicated to his friend Schumann, who returned the favour by dedicating his Toccata to him. Schuncke was only 21 when he composed it, so it's perhaps not surprising that, though full of fire (and notes!), it's not exactly the last word in formal or harmonic innovation. Larionova is well up to its technical challenges, though the resonant acoustic doesn't flatter the more fingery passagework; this she dispatches proficiently, but it could perhaps have had more in the way of light and shade (how well Howard Shelley would play this piece). …

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