Magazine article Gramophone

Schubert: 'Works for Solo Piano, Vol 3'

Magazine article Gramophone

Schubert: 'Works for Solo Piano, Vol 3'

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Schubert 'Works for Solo Piano, Vol 3' Piano Sonata No 19, D958. Six Moments musicaux, D780. Sei mir gegrusst, D741 (arr Liszt, S558 No 1). Auf dem Wasser zu singen, D774 (arr Liszt, S558 No 2) Barry Douglas pf Chandos (F) CHAN10990 (74' * DDD)

Barry Douglas continues his Schubert traversal with the most overtly Beethovenian of Schubert sonatas, the C minor, D958, whose muscular opening is given with relish. However, doubts creep in not long after, as he slows down for the consoling E flat major theme (1'03"), though it's not marked as such in the score; how much more effective is Paul Lewis here, as he maintains the same pulse. The other aspect that distracts me is the recording itself, which is relatively resonant--an issue I've found with previous volumes.

However, that aside, what Douglas does offer is a sure sense of pacing that means we're never in danger of losing our way in these vast landscapes. He captures the song-like simplicity of the second movement's main theme effectively, though the desynchronisation of the hands (such as at 1'30", where the music turns to the minor) is something of an acquired taste. Compared to Lewis, Douglas sounds a touch ponderous here. …

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