March 24, 2013

Schubert Late Sonatas

Inon Barnatan

Schubert Piano Sonatas D.958 & D.959


Label: Avie

Inon Barnatan is “a born Schubertian who performs with sensitivity, poise, and focus” (Gramophone). Having won glowing praise for his recording of Franz Schubert’s final piano sonata, D.960, he now completes the late trilogy with D.958, a dark and turbulent response to Beethoven’s legacy, and D.959, a majestic and lyrical sonata with dark moments that, as Barnatan remarks in the liner notes, provide “a glimpse into the composer’s unfiltered inner world.”

"Flawless interpretation on the part of Mr. Barnatan. I must add it is also powerful as the pianist touches the keys vigorously."