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SCHUBERT Piano Sonatas No.16 and No.17 • Colin Stone


No.16 in A minor D.845
No.17 in D major D.850

The sonata in A minor D.845 is beset with dark clouds. and sees many mood changes. It is this quality of dramatic narrative, possibly related to Schubert’s interest in Walter Scott at that time, which makes this work so involving. Sonata in D major D.850. By contrast, there seems to be little by way of “clouds on the horizon” in this music: instead, there is an inexhaustible supply of harmonic and melodic invention and tireless rhythmic energy, particularly in the first three movements. In the words of Bernard Roberts, this is a sonata that ends in the happiest possible vein, all problems forgotten, pianissimo.

Colin Stone first came to prominence in 1986 when he won the Royal Overseas League piano competition in London. In the same year, success at the Busoni competition in Italy and a highly acclaimed Wigmore Hall debut launched his career as a soloist. In 1989 he made his debut on BBC Radio 3 and, following the success of his live "Concert Hall " broadcast and the subsequent Prokofiev series, he is regularly invited to record for Radio 3.
Colin Stone's first solo CD of transcriptions by Prokofiev of his own theatre music was released on the United label in 1994 and has been followed by a CD for Olympia of the two piano sonatas and twenty-four preludes by Shostakovich.
Sonata No 16 in A minor, D.845
1  Moderato  
2  Andante, poco mosso  
3  Scherzo: Allegro vivace - Trio: Un poco più lento  
4  Rondo: Allegro vivace  

Sonata No 17 in D major, D.850  
5  Allegro  
6  Con moto  
7  Scherzo: Allegro vivace - Trio  
8  Rondo: Allegro moderato