Album: Imogen Cooper, Schubert Live, Volume III (Avie)

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The third volume of Cooper's series covers the lightest and darkest of Schubert's works for solo piano, from delectable salon miniatures (12 Deutsche Tänze) to the harrowing A minor Sonata, D784, and the epic narrative of the B flat major Sonata, D960.

Cooper's articulation is precise, her tempi poised, the architecture clean, the colours cool to chilly. C minor brings out the best in her. The bittersweet Allegretto and blazing first Impromptu the most arresting works in a performance of clarity and integrity.