CD Review | Schubert: The Complete Sonatas and Major Piano Works, Vol. 7 – The Wanderer (Analekta, 2022)

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Schubert: The Complete Sonatas and Major Piano Works, Vol. 7 – The Wanderer
Mathieu Gaudet, piano
Analekta, 2022

Mathieu Gaudet’s courageous and impressive project, the recording of the complete Sonatas and Major Piano Works by Franz Schubert, reaches the seventh volume.

The pianist (who is also an emergency-room physician) deals here with the youthful Sonata No. 1 in E Major, D.157, the Sonata No. 13 in A Minor, D.784, and the monumental Wanderer Fantasy in C Major, D. 760. What comes out of this CD is an admirable test of sound balance and clear structural conception of the pieces. What Gaudet manages to do is important: on the one hand, he does not exceed in inner turmoil, not proper to the author’s style; on the other, he does not overlook the most intimate and lyrical moments of the music.

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The opening of the CD, with the Sonata in E Major, is an excellent business card for the recording: the alternation of chords, arpeggios and scales, at risk of boredom, are rendered with freshness by Gaudet. Also noteworthy is the andante of the Sonata in A Minor, extremely lyrical and heartfelt. The Wanderer Fantasy, a capital work of the keyboard repertoire, is also rendered with lucidity, not without romantic inspirations, which are welcome in this work.

The recording does justice to a pianist who demonstrates a clear structural idea of the proposed pieces and a complete mastery of colour, key elements in the interpretation. A must-have.

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