Schubert: Piano Sonata & Impromptus

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Schubert: Piano Sonata & Impromptus
Marc-André Hamelin (piano)

[ Hyperion / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 27 April 2018

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The heavenly lengths of Schubert's last piano sonata and second set of impromptus - Marc-André Hamelin captures the other-worldliness of these sublime, quintessentially 'late' works as do few other pianists.

"His playing is stunningly beautiful with some wonderful varied timbres, particularly when the music modulates to distant keys…There are brilliant moments, too, in Hamelin's performance of the D935 Impromptus. I was particularly bowled over by the variety of sound and character that he extracts from the Rosamunde Variations." BBC Music

"This is spacious Schubert, secure, august and unrushed... it may be in the Sonata's Andante that the originality of Hamelin's reading becomes fully evident. With perfect poise, exquisite voice-leading lends the opening theme a chaste, heroic, noble character." Gramophone Magazine June 2018 Editor's Choice

"Hamelin brings both his renowned technical command, a gorgeous poetic temperament and a crispy unsentimental approach in matters of tempi to the other Impromptus and the B flat Sonata." Pianist Magazine

"There are outstanding recordings of these works by artists such as Schnabel, Lupu, Brendel, Curzon and Richter. This recording by Hamelin is exceptional and it deserves to be placed in the pantheon of great Schubert recordings alongside these artists." recording of the Month Music Web June 2018


Piano Sonata in B flat major D960 [45'28]
1 Molto moderato [22'36]
2 Andante sostenuto [10'17]
3 Scherzo: Allegro vivace con delicatezza -
Trio - Scherzo [4'02]
4 Allegro ma non troppo - Presto [8'33]

Four Impromptus D935 [36'20]
5 No 1 in F minor: Allegro moderato [11'13]
6 No 2 in A flat major: Allegretto [7'21]
7 No 3 in B flat major: Andante [10'56]
8 No 4 in F minor: Allegro scherzando [6'50]