Schubert (Digital Only) – Volume 5

“In a word I feel myself the most unhappy and wretched creature in the world. Imagine a man whose health will never be right again, and who in sheer despair over this ever makes things worse and worse instead of better …but I have tried my hand at several instrumental things … in fact, I intend to pave the way towards a grand symphony in this manner.”

These extracts from a letter of 1824 epitomise to me the paradox of Schubert, the manic-depressive composer. On the one hand his music has that world-weary element of profound grief – ‘the most wretched creature in the world’ – and on the other a life-affirming exuberance bordering on the manic that characterises the Wanderer-Fantasie and parts of the D major sonata D.850.

Here, Llyr Williams plays a collection of Schubert solo piano works across a series of releases, once again showing why he is one of the most diverse and extraordinary pianists performing today.

Llŷr Williams Piano


Release date: 13/03/20

Catalogue number: SIGCD835

Barcode: 635212083529

1. Sonata in A minor, Op. 42, D. 845 – I. Moderato
2. Sonata in A minor, Op. 42, D. 845 – II. Andante, poco moto
3. Sonata in A minor, Op. 42, D. 845 – III. Scherzo-Allegro vivace
4. Sonata in A minor, Op. 42, D. 845 – IV. Rondo-Allegro vivace

5. Sonata in G Major, Op. 78, D. 894 – I. Molto moderato e cantabile
6. Sonata in G Major, Op. 78, D. 894 – II. Andante
7. Sonata in G Major, Op. 78, D. 894 – III. Menuetto-Allegro
8. Sonata in G Major, Op. 78, D. 894 – IV. Allegretto

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