For his Schubert debut recording, Nikolai Lugan-sky chose one sonata and four impromptus among the very late output of the Viennese iconic com-poser.
Schubert composed his last three piano sonatas in Vienna during the summer of 1828, shortly before his death on 19 November at the age of 31. The first of the three, in C minor D.958, is the most impassioned, and the power and dark energy emerging from its four movements are reminis-cent of Beethoven. After the latter's death on 26 March 1827, Schubert felt liberated from the weight of idolatry and composed such masterpiec-es as these final sonatas, the Lieder cycle Winter-reise, and the Impromptus for piano, the last four of which are also featured on this recording.
The elegance and technical prowess of Nikolai Lugansky's playing are perfectly suited to these masterpieces.