Schubert: Piano Sonatas (Piano Sonatas Nos. 4 And 13, Fantasy "Wanderer-Fantasie") (Eldar Nebolsin) (Naxos: 8.572459)
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Acclaimed for his Naxos recordings of music by Chopin, Liszt, Dohnanyi and Rachmaninov, Eldar Nebolsin here fulfils 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.
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