Schubert Piano Sonatas D959 and D960
Krystian Zimerman (piano)
Deutsche Grammophon 479 7588
Reviewed Christmas 2017
The soundworld of this disc is immediately striking: Zimerman has added his own keyboard into a Steinway to create an instrument more akin to what Schubert might have known. But it’s not just the singing tone that sets these performances apart: Zimerman’s take on these two late sonatas is carefully thought through and deeply felt.
Audio clip: Scherzo from Piano Sonata in A, D959