Franz Schubert Piano Sonatas Volume 3

Schubert has been described as the last 'classical' and as the first 'romantic' composer, but it is really impossible to pin a meaningful label on him. He was and still is a very special case, a lonely figure in musical history, a dreamer who brought into music a degree of intimacy, despair, hope and disappointment previously unknown. Schubert was a sincere, shy (not to be confused with lack of confidence in himself as an artist) and vulnerable man and his personality is clearly reflected in his music. Vladimir Feltsman

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"Feltsman gives subtle readings that play off these shadings of mood and expression, and his use of rubato and fluid dynamics keep the music suspended in a state of tension and emotional ambiguity. Nimbus offers clean sound and natural resonance, so the music is crisply detailed with a pleasant background ambience."




…The present CD maintains the high standards of the other issues and illustrates Feltsman's abilities and also, a style individual and illustrative of a lifetime's thought over these and other key works in the piano soloist's repertoire. It's possible that it may not appeal to everyone but it certainly does to me.

…By contrast Schubert remained classical throughout and yet there's an agony in some of both composers' later works. Feltsman presents the Schubert as both youthful, never juvenile and with an element of retrospection. The waltz provides testimony to Schubert's somewhat gauche personality and humour.

…Feltsman's performance is awe-inspiring and I had no hesitation in repeating it immediately. The work may be slightly less overwhelming than No.21 D960 but has its own force and delicacy. Feltsman points out the influence of Beethoven's 'heroic' works, like the "Pathétique Sonata" in C minor. I find the first movement intriguing with efforts to break into joyful melody from a soulful main theme, all played with great empathy. What is one to make of the final movement which always registers with great impact? That said, don't think that I'm belittling the middle movements. The "Tarantella" nature of the main theme might seem to have traces of optimism but is surely too obsessive and relentless to convey much positive feeling despite beautiful melodies and flourishes. It's deservedly one of the pillars of the piano repertoire. Feltsman belongs in the pantheon of great Schubertians.

This is another volume in this first-rate series. It has been an utter joy and privilege to listen to, review and above all to appreciate afresh Schubert's genius. I'm looking forward to Volumes 4 and 5.
Music Web International – Classical Review

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