Weber & Schubert: Piano Sonatas / Lewis

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Even if both of them were destined to die tragically of illness at a very early age (Weber at 39, Schubert just 31!), the two...
Even if both of them were destined to die tragically of illness at a very early age (Weber at 39, Schubert just 31!), the two composers on this disc were healthy enough when they wrote these works, and were even beginning to taste success. Except that it was not to the piano sonata that they owed their fame: not without a twinkle in his eye, Paul Lewis has coupled their works in this genre in order to paint a different and highly elegant portrait of two musical dramatists who were emblematic figures of Austro-German Romanticism.

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REVIEWS:

This latest instalment in Paul Lewis’s Schubert pilgrimage certainly enhances his reputation. It is, as always, intelligently laced and shaped, not needing to shout its credentials, but shaping contours as though accompanying unstated song texts. He has a particularly fine sense for how the music travels. And what a welcome coupling is the Weber Second Sonata.

– Gramophone

There is a profound humanity to his Schubert music making, yet never a doubt of the musicological mind behind it. Close listening with score in hand proves how Lewis injects unique character within the written instructions. Dispensing with any unnecessary mannerism he gives a pure, warm-hearted, and dedicated account of the Weber.

– TheClassicalReview.com (Tal Agam)


Product Description:


  • Release Date: February 08, 2019


  • UPC: 3149020935828


  • Catalog Number: HMM902324


  • Label: Harmonia Mundi


  • Number of Discs: 1