“Of equal enjoyment to Helmchen’s playing is Pentatone’s very fine recording of the instrument which surely judges the balance between closeness (to pick out the subtleties of the playing) and distance to allow the instrument to resonate freely without a hint of hardness.
A lovely disc of wonderful music in beautiful sound”
“Of the three great sonatas Schubert wrote right before his death, this one is the sunniest, though not without its clouds and even thunderstorms. The pianists who brought these pieces into the mainstream repertoire during the middle of the last century emphasized momentum and structure. Recently players have been showing us their softer sides. This is the most gorgeous yet”.
The Dallas Morning News
“Martin Helmchen is a musician of sensibility and authority, completely at home in the Schubert idiom (not surprising from the winner of the Clara Haskil Competition in 2001)….Strongly recommended”.
"BBC Music Choice"
“Moments of greatness……Martin Helmchen is a natural Schubertian, very much as Paul Lewis or Imogen Cooper”.
BBC Music Magazine
“Rare maturity and vision distinguish Helmchen’s heavenly Schubert. PentaTone’s sound is both clear and natural.”
“The sound on this recording is really excellent—broad, deep, and ringing, with wondrous depth and spatial properties”.
“Martin Helmchen, a 26-year-old German pianist, is a most compelling Schubert interpreter on this disc recorded in Cologne in 2007. He is a musician of sensibility and authority, completely at home in the Schubert idiom…..Heard on a two-speaker system, the sound is superb……Strongly recommended”
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