Notes and Editorial Reviews
One cannot fault Tzimon Barto's technique and refinement of touch which is always very facile and polished nor the recorded sound and microphone placement of his piano, which has a beautiful, rich tone. However his interpretation of these Schubert masterpieces though assured, is highly unusual in this day and age and will likely not appeal to everyone. Then again, Barto's personal approach might be of interest to those who love these works and would want to hear them through very different interpretations. Barto embraces a hyper-romantic approach with plenty of rubato, tempo accelerando and ritardando, (not notated in Schubert's scores) and a consistently applied use of hiatus - a slight rhythmic hesitation, such as in the opening phrase of
the last movement of the Sonata in G major, D. 894 and throughout the popular Moments musicaux, D. 780. The opening movement of the highly introspective Sonata is also played at the slowest tempo I've ever heard, almost occasionally coming to a breathless stop. A far different interpretation from the rhythmically more straightforward performances of Kempf, Ashkanzy, Lupu, Richter, Uchida, Arrau and many more. So to sum up, this release is a beautifully recorded album on a wonderful sounding instrument and Tzimon Barto offers a very polished but very very romanticized interpretation, turning each piece into a dramatic, highly personalized statement about Schubert's music. An album that might nevertheless appeal to those who, while having their favorite performances, also crave different viewpoints of the same masterpieces.
- Greg La Traille,
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