Piano Sonatas Nos 18 & 21; Moments Musicaux; 4 Impromptus, D935
András Schiff (fortepiano)
ECM New Series 481 1572
Reviewed July 2015
András Schiff’s Schubert has always been revelatory: the Hungarian pianist’s Central European instinct for Schubert’s language and, especially, for the song elements within his piano writing, has always provided rich insight. But, turning to Schubert’s sonatas on the fortepiano has liberated Schiff into a new lightness of being, opening up compelling areas of fantasy in the composer’s work.