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After the success of his debut solo album with Onyx (a juxtaposition of works by Brahms and Schoenberg, highlighted as an IP Choice disc in Nov/Dec 2010, issue 4), Shai Wosner’s next move has been hotly anticipated by the piano world. For his follow-up recording, Wosner has chosen to focus on works by Schubert that incorporate elements of folk music. The C major sonata (D840, ‘Reliquie’) is performed with a powerful touch that is, dare I say, far too heavy-handed, at least for this writer’s tastes. The extreme dynamics are impressive, but the regularly thunderous fortissimos seem misplaced. The Six German Dances and Hungarian Melody, however, are simply delightful: lilting, energetic and with a sense of intimacy. The shorter pieces segue nicely into the D major sonata (D850), which, although exuberant in places, is presented with thoughtfulness and sensitivity.

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