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SCHUBERT, F.: Piano Sonatas Nos. 4 and 13 / Wanderer Fantasy (Nebolsin)

Composer(s):Schubert, Franz
Artist(s) Nebolsin, Eldar, piano
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.572459
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Acclaimed for his Naxos recordings of music by Chopin, Liszt, Dohnányi and Rachmaninov, Eldar Nebolsin here fulfills a heartfelt ambition to record important piano works by another great Romantic composer, Franz Schubert, for the label. The passion and pathos of the two sonatas, with their song-like melodies and adventurous harmonies, set the scene for one of Schubert’s most powerful solo piano pieces, the Wanderer Fantasy, a work so technically demanding that Schubert himself is reported to have exclaimed ‘the devil may play it!’. Based on his popular song Der Wanderer, the Fantasy is virtually a four-movement sonata in its own right and a path-breaking masterpiece of the piano literature.


Review By Justo Romero,Scherzo,October 2011


Review By Jeremy Nicholas,Classic FM,July 2011

Nebolsin’s grasp of structure, simplicity of approach with clear, natural phrasing, and the song-like purity of the recorded sound make this a very special Schubert disc…Nebolsin’s discs of Rachmaninov and Liszt have rightly won universal high praise. I hope this does the same.

Review By Phil Muse,Audio Video Club of Atlanta,July 2011

Russian pianist Eldar Nebolsin gives highly nuanced and beautifully detailed accounts of three delightful works of Franz Schubert. The program includes two of his melodically richest Sonatas, Nos. 4 in A minor, D 537 and 13 in A Major, D 664 plus the remarkable “Wanderer” Fantasy in C Major, D 760. Nebolsin’s touch is light and poetic, allowing the delicate color of Schubert’s lyricism to come through in an unforced manner that serves the needs of the music very well indeed.


Review By Greg La Traille,ArkivMusic,May 2011

I have heard many performances of these two very appealing Schubert sonatas and the Wanderer Fantasy by a variety if pianists in live concert and recordings. These performances on Naxos by the Uzbek-born pianist Eldar Nebolsin might very well be my favorites. The playing is insightful, poetic and introspective. Right in tune with the Schubertian keyboard style. The sound quality and tone color of Nebolsin’s piano is just beautiful. Nebolsin’s keyboard technique also serves the music with a particularly fine sense of phrasing. In fact one does not feel that this pianist is interpreting the music for you but rather allowing the music to come forth. One of the few other pianists from history that I have heard only on record accomplish this naturalness is Ignaz

Nebolsin’s playing of the stunning Wanderer Fantasy, Schubert’s most fiery piece, is more toward the grand and regal side than the aggressive, forward rolling side. I appreciate the piece either way and Nebolsin makes a convincing case for a more cosmic approach that allows for lyricism as well as lightning bolts.



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