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Schubert: Piano Sonata D. 958; Lieder; Fragments

Leif Ove Andsnes, Ian Bostridge

EMI Classics


"In a group of lesser-known lieder Mr. Bostridge sings with keen sensitivity to the text and expressive vocal inflections. The recording also includes six engrossing fragments of songs and piano pieces that Schubert never completed."--Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, June 10, 2007


"As in the earlier releases, the songs are lesser-known gems from Schubert's vast catalog. There's a mini-cycle called 'The Harper's Songs' set to three poems by Goethe. Their melancholy atmosphere well suits Bostridge's willowy, utterly unique voice. So does a grim, highly sectionalized song called 'Gravedigger's Homesickness.' Andsnes provides attentive, understated support. Rounding out the CD is a selection of unfinished piano and vocal fragments. Some of these break off in mid-phrase, offering tantalizing glimpses at what might have been."--David Weininger, Boston Globe, August 12, 2007