Stephen Hough: Schubert Piano Sonatas

April 18, 2022, 9:00 am

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Pianist Stephen Hough has proved himself a natural Schubertian. On this recording, he performs the late G major sonata, D 894, which followed such landmarks as the “Great” C major symphony and Schubert’s last string quartet, and explores similarly expansive terrain. The A major sonata, D 664, is an earlier, genial work. These frame the brief D 769a fragment, which adds to the uniqueness of Hough’s marvelous recital. The recording is the product of studio sessions in 2020 during the coronavirus lockdown in the United Kingdom. It is the third release from these sessions, and three additional albums will be released at a later date.