Notes and Editorial Reviews
Two principal works of Schubert’s piano music, two solutions for the great form. They appear as contrary poles: energetic, resolute and boastful in the case of the Wanderer Fantasy whereas the final piano sonata is restrained and elusive. The common elements are in the slow movements. No other Romantic addressed so radically what is brought into focus here: the notion of time. In the Wanderer Fantasy it is reflected as rhythm, as “measured time”. The sonata questions the course of time itself, the elementary medium of life in music. In her interpretation, Hideyo Harada elucidates the contrasts as well as the common undercurrent which forms a link between these works.
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Hideyo Harada's 2011 release of
Franz Schubert's Fantasy in C major, D. 760, "Wanderer Fantasy," and the Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D. 960, is an impressive-sounding hybrid SACD that will appeal most to audiophiles for its spectacular reproduction. Harada plays these masterpieces with vivid presence and a touch that is almost palpable. The "Wanderer Fantasy" is a four-movement piece based on a motive derived from the lied, Der Wanderer, and it is Schubert's most virtuosic work for piano. The Sonata in B flat major is one of the composer's longest compositions, and like other pieces of his final years, the expansive time frame is integral to the music's form. Harada's style of playing is extremely Romantic and notable for her frequent use of rubato, so the interpretations are subjective and expression is emphasized over rhythmic consistency.
-- Blair Sanderson, All Music Guide
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