Douglas: Schubert - Works for Solo Piano vol.4 (24/96 FLAC)
Douglas: Schubert – Works for Solo Piano vol.4 (24/96 FLAC)

Composer: Franz Schubert
Performer: Barry Douglas
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Chandos
Release: 2019
Size: 1.02 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Piano Sonata No. 9 in B major, D575
01. I. Allegro ma non troppo
02. II. Andante
03. III. Scherzo. Allegretto
04. IV. Allegro giusto

Piano Sonata No. 4 in A minor, D537
05. I. Allegro ma non troppo
06. II. Allegretto quasi andantino
07. III. Allegro vivace

Piano Sonata No. 13 in A major, D664
08. I. Allegro moderato
09. II. Andante
10. III. Allegro

Barry Douglas’s critically acclaimed series of Schubert’s piano works reaches its fourth instalment. For this recording, Douglas has chosen to present three piano sonatas from the middle of Schubert’s short life: No. 5 (D. 537) and No. 11 (D. 575), both composed in 1817, complemented with the Sonata No. 15 (D. 664), composed just two years later. The three sonatas all spring from a period when Schubert was experimenting with tonality, both in the sense of less usual keys (D. 575 is in B major) and in terms of the relative keys of the movements, and of sections within movements.
Irrespective of this experimentation, Schubert’s incredible talent for melody and lyricism shines through each of the works, and is masterfully heightened in Douglas’s interpretations. Like the previous three volumes in the series, the recording was made on a Steinway Model D in the Curtis Auditorium at the CIT Cork School of Music.

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