plays Schubert -
JOHN BELL YOUNG
'... surely among the finest readings on record ...'
There are those who think of Schubert as an early romantic composer who
churned out one lovely and memorable tune after another. But the facts
suggest something else entirely. Indeed, what drives virtually every one of
his works, whatever their particular métier, is the complexity of their
harmonic and rhythmic vocabulary. But beyond the formal organization of the
notes there is something disturbing that lies beneath, giving voice to the
extraordinary angst of a tormented soul and an enlightened thinker.
In his newly released survey of the magisterial posthumous sonatas, Jerome
Rose, an immensely authoritative pianist, leaves no stone unturned in his
search for musical substance. Indeed, Mr Rose is no lightweight,
contradicting an approach towards Schubert's piano music that was once
considered as acceptable as it was stylish.
Mr Rose dismisses any idea of Schubert as an idle dreamer or vapid
tunesmith, revealing him instead as a composer whose aesthetics embrace
conflict as the prevailing raison d'être, yielding as much to darkness as
to light. Mr Rose is a musician who not only recognizes but also
delivers Schubert's wanderlust with just the seriousness of purpose it
demands. Never failing to dig deep, he refuses to marginalize even so much
as the full value of a structurally significant upbeat (witness the opening
bars of the A major sonata, where he illuminates and fortifies the eighth
note upbeats en route to the following measures).
Copyright © 2 December 2004
John Bell Young, Tampa, Florida, USA