Schubert: Impromptus Op. 90; Moments Musicaux; Allegre

October 2009, Erato Classics

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Praise for Schubert: Impromptus & Moments Musicaux

“…a Schubert disc of the rarest distinction. …few pianists have been more acutely sensitive to Schubert’s complex inner world, one where an often pained and world-weary quality is thinly disguised by outward geniality.” – Gramophone

“What’s immediately striking about his Schubert playing is its refinement, and variety of colour. In the melancholy unaccompanied theme that brings the first of the Impromptus, for instance, you can almost hear the plaintive sound of an oboe; while in No. 3 – a song without words in all but name – Fray allows the melody to sing in a genuine pianissimo, by making the inner-voice accompaniment sound like the murmur of a clarinet playing in its dark chalumeau register. This is altogether some of the most beautiful pianissimo playing you’re likely to hear… is a memorable recital, and no Schubert-lover should miss this.” –  BBC Music Magazine

“…sheer lucidity and polish…exceptional command of colour and touch…In many respects it’s pianism of the highest class.” – The Guardian