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Propulsion

Schubert piano music
played by Zeynep Ucbasaran,
reviewed by BASIL RAMSEY


Eroica    JDT3108

Virtuoso Schubert / Zeynep © 2002 Eroica Classical Recordings

Recording the large-scale Schubert piano works [listen -- track 6, 0:01-1:08] is a challenge. The music does not respond fully without a performance vibrating to its depths in gathering up the scintillating decoration of Schubert's style without undue exaggeration, yet with a perspective that is both stable and credible.

Only occasionally do I consider Zeynep's playing a touch less convincing than expected, but there is plenty of insight with which to draw the music together and to maintain a sense of propulsion. We have here the Wanderer Fantasy and the Sonata in A [listen -- track 3, 3:23-4:28] -- a very fair choice of Schubert at his best, and even today gripping us with its sustained quality.

Copyright © 18 January 2003 Basil Ramsey, Eastwood, Essex, UK

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Schubert / Zeynep

JDT3108 DDD Stereo NEW RELEASE 61'37" 2002 Eroica Classical Recordings

Zeynep Ucbasaran, piano

Schubert: Sonata in A major D 959; Wanderer-Fantasy Op 15 D760

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