Schubert (Digital Only) – Volume 7


“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.


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Llŷr Williams – Piano

Release date: 05/06/2020

Catalogue number: SIGCD837

Barcode: 635212083826

Sonata in C Major, D. 840
1. I. Moderato
2. II. Andante
3. III. Menuetto
4. IV. Rondo (Allegro)

5. Scherzo in B flat, D. 593 No. 1
6. Scherzo in D flat, D. 593 No. 2
7. Ungarische Melodie, D. 817
8. Sechzehn Deutsche Tänze, Op. 33 D. 783
9. Allegretto in C minor, D. 915

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