Pianist Marc-André Hamelin is ranked among the finest pianists in the world for his unrivaled blend of musicianship and virtuosity. He has been acclaimed not only for his intrepid exploration of rarities from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, but also for his probing insights into the standard repertoire. On this recital featuring Schubert's sublime last piano sonata and second set of impromptus, he captures the otherworldliness of these quintessentially "late" works perfectly.
Marc-André Hamelin, as versatile in less showy fare as he is in more virtuosic repertoire, delivers thoughtful performances that penetrate the often placid surfaces to reveal Schubert's underlying expressions and psychology. His restraint and sensitivity to Schubert's shifting moods, evident in the Sonata, are also apparent his playing of the Four Impromptus, D935.
– All Music Guide
This is spacious Schubert, secure, august and unrushed. it may be in the Sonata’s Andante that the originality of Hamelin’s reading becomes fully evident. With perfect poise, the exquisite voice-leading lends the opening theme a chaste, heroic, noble character.