Franz Liszt is of course the father of Romantic pianism and his Sonata in B minor is a tour-de-force of whirlwind phrasing and technical demands. Julius Reubke was one of his favoured pupils, whose Sonata in B flat minor is very much in the same mould, and a real challenge to any pianist. Here we present the sonatas of master and pupil together for the first time, admirably performed by celebrated English pianist Anthony Hewitt.
“The young British pianist Anthony Hewitt puts himself firmly on the map… I would certainly recommend this disc wholeheartedly for the Reubke which receives a magisterial performance. The recorded sound is excellent”
“Anthony Hewitt’s performance is exemplary in all respects. A beautifully presented album which is worth having just for the Reubke work alone."
“This is a valuable and enterprising release… to be able to listen to two such fine performances side by side by a player who obviously possess a strong affinity with this style lends this release a compelling authority. [The Reubke Sonata]’s importance in the repertoire is not fully appreciated, and such as recoding as this will win it many converts. The CD notes are informative and detailed and the recording is clean and truthful.”
“He is a remarkably gifted artist… a superb leggiero touch and a beautifully even, silky sound. This account can hold its own with some of the finest.”