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CHAN 10807 - Schubert: Works for Solo Piano, Volume 1
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Available From: 16 February 2014
Schubert: Works for Solo Piano, Volume 1

Having produced two highly regarded albums of solo works by Brahms, Barry Douglas, an exclusive Chandos artist, now embarks on the complete solo piano works by Franz Schubert. This first volume features two large-scale works, the ‘Wanderer’ Fantasy and the Sonata in B flat major, alongside two Schubert songs transcribed by Liszt.

The ‘Wanderer’ Fantasy draws material from Schubert’s song ‘Der Wanderer’, a setting of a poem about an alienated traveller whom fate dealt a wretched hand and who sees himself ‘a stranger everywhere’. The fantasy genre allowed Schubert freedom from conventional formal structures and the ‘Wanderer’ Fantasy is unpredictable and extrovert. The Sonata in B flat on the other hand is a much more inward-looking piece. Unlike many other pieces by Schubert it bears no dedication to a particular performer and was likely written purely for his private satisfaction. Composed in 1828, it is one of his so-called three ‘Last Sonatas’, works considered among his most important masterpieces. Completing the album are transcriptions by Liszt of two contrasting songs by Schubert. Liszt preserves Schubert’s vocal line and a sense of religious devotion in Du bist die Ruh, and under Liszt’s treatment Ungeduld becomes a vehicle for speed and agility.


"...This is a fine recital and an auspicious start to this new Schubert series from Barry Douglas. Ralph Couzens has engineered a very good recording: the warmth of the pianist’s tone is well conveyed in the quieter passages but when the dynamics are loud there’s sufficient space in the aural picture to enable the sound of the piano to open up nicely. Brian Newbould’s notes are very good. I await further issues in this series with keen interest."
John Quinn - MusicWeb-International.com - 12 February 2015

“… Chandos’s as-always deep and wide-spectrum sound captures Douglas’s Steinway D in all its grandeur and many moods.” 
Jerry Dubins – Fanfare – September/October 2014


                        Editor’s Choice – Instrumental  
“… Douglas stands alongside the most distinguished in both works, the smaller pieces accorded similar care. An excellent disc.”
Nalen Anthoni – Gramophone magazine – May 2014

                    Performance ****       Recording ****

Misha Donat – BBC Music magazine – May 2014

 "... Chandos’s recorded sound copes admirably with the huge dynamic extremes of the music, and of Douglas’s own dynamic spectrum. His career has the hallmark of someone who is in it ’for the long haul’, and I certainly will be interested in following the progress of this long recorded journey, whose first instalment is absolutely first-class."
Stephen Pruslin - International Record Review - April 2014


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