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FRANZ SCHUBERT – Late Works Vol. 1 – Steven Masi (Piano) – Digital Release Only – Released: March 2023 – Navona Records NV6505

Pianist Steven Masi delivers powerful, yet subtle, performances of some of Franz Schubert’s final works on this 7 track (1 hr, 16 min, 55 sec) LP.

‘The Drei Klavierstücke D. 946’, (‘Three Piano Pieces’), was composed in 1828 a few months before Schubert’s death.

‘Sonata No. 21’ is the last of three piano sonatas (‘D 958’, ‘ D 959’ and ‘D 960’). They were written during the last months of his life, between the spring and autumn of 1828.

The quality of this recording is second to none. It almost sounds like Masi is performing an intimate recital in your home and you can feel the pianist’s emotional attachment to these pieces on every note.

An incredibly beautiful collection of some of the great composer’s final works.

Darren Rea – March 2023