Piano Sonatas D959, D960
Krystian Zimerman p
Deutsche Grammophon 4797588

“I’ve played these pieces for 30 years, but always feared them tremendously because of my unbelievable respect for the composer. Perhaps I worried that if I left them any longer, it would be too late.” Krystian Zimerman

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The return of the talented Mr Zimerman

Those who admire the Polish pianist Krystian Zimerman as I do will be excited by this new release, his first solo album in years. The hallmarks of his playing are here: a chiselled clarity of texture (nothing vague or mushy), subtle expression that always remains in scale and, above all, freshness.

These magnificent sonatas were Schubert’s last, but they are full of joy. The fact that they represent Schubert’s final thoughts is no reason to layer them with nostalgia. I find in some German pianists a tendency to sink...