|Franz Peter Schubert|| |
Adagio in D flat, D505
Piano Sonata No. 11 in F minor, D625
Piano Sonata No. 15 in C major, D840 ‘Reliquie’
Piano Sonata No. 16 in A minor, D845
Piano Sonata No. 17 in D major, D850
Piano Sonata No. 2 in C major, D279
Piano Sonata No. 3 in E major, D459
Piano Sonata No. 5 in A flat major, D557
Piano Sonata No. 6 in E minor, D566
Piano Sonata No. 8 in E flat major, D568
Piano Sonata No. 9 in B major, D575
William Youn (Piano)
Already the first two parts of pianist William Youn’s Schubert cycle were praised in the international press for their “flawless, perfectly realized naturalness” (FONO FORUM) and the intensive tracing “into Schubert’s lostness of the world” (Münchner Merkur).
With the three-CD third part, William Youn now completes the recording of all 21 of Schubert’s piano sonatas. “Schubert’s music is something for lonely souls,” says William Youn. “It touches, comforts and rebuilds its listeners in the darkest hours; it makes them dance, dream, wander and hope.” Youn has combined great and well-known sonatas such as the lilting Sonata in D Major D 850 or the restrained Sonata in A Minor D 845 with very early sonatas that are rarely heard.
These include the Sonata No. 2 in C major, D 279, in which the orchestral influences can be heard particularly well and the string quartet can almost be glimpsed, or the dramatic two-movement “Relic” Sonata No. 15, D 840. And he even recorded sonatas that remained in fragments for this complete recording, such as the Sonata in F minor, D 625, or the Sonata in E major, D 157.
William Youn says of his relationship with Schubert’s sonatas, “His 21 piano sonatas are the compressed legacy of this short but incredibly rich musical life. As I learned these sonatas, I felt like I was walking in his footsteps, following his trials and failures to the mastery of the last sonatas, in which he finds his own voice entirely.”