A SURE HAND
Beate Toyka plays Schubert's last piano sonata,
reviewed by MIKE WHEELER
Schubert's last piano sonata, in B flat, D 960, embraces so much of his emotional world's ambivalence. Beate Toyka's performance, as part of Derby Cathedral's lunchtime concert series (Derby, UK, 16 June 2017), reflected the ambivalence without making unduly heavy weather of the darker moments.
The first movement emerged quietly purposeful, but also uneasy, with the rumbling bass trills allowed to bring just enough of an edgy, unsettled feel...
Copyright © 27 June 2017 Mike Wheeler,