Melodiya presents a recording of two of Franz Schubert’s piano sonatas performed by Yury Martynov.
Yury Martynov is one of the most interesting and versatile Russian musicians of our days whose performing art blends the best traditions of the Russian piano and West European clavier schools. He is also known as one of those rare musicians who have a complete command of actually all historical varieties of keyboard instruments – such performers are few and far between.
The graduate of the Moscow Conservatory specializing in piano, organ and chamber ensemble, Martynov also did a course of the harpsichord and basso continuo in Paris. Although the pianist prefers to play music on the instrument of the period it was written in, he doesn’t avoid performing the clavier repertoire on the modern grand piano. Yury Martynov’s numerous recordings have been acclaimed by music critics and prestigious Russian and foreign periodicals. The discs include two late sonatas by Franz Schubert recorded by Yury Martynov in 2006 (on a modern Steinway & Sons grand piano). The better known Sonata in B flat major (No.21) published posthumously is a swan song of the prematurely deceased genius, an extensive canvas incorporating the most characteristic features of Schubert’s style of the last years. The bright drama of the Sonata in A minor (No.16) with its almost orchestral richness of sound in the extreme movements receives a thoughtful and convincing rendition from Yury Martynov.