Album: Janácek, Schubert etc, In the Mists / Ivana Gavric (Champs Hill)

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Though Janácek provides the title for Ivana Gavric's recital, Schubert is its centrepiece.

From the fierce isolation of his A minor Sonata to the fractured, rocking motifs of In the Mists (written after the death of Janácek's daughter Olga), the easy glamour of Rachmaninov's Moments Musicaux Opus 16 and the hyperventilating confessions of Liszt's Three Petrarch Sonnets, Gavric seems drawn to the points at which sunshine and shadow converge. The sound is cool, the phrasing carefully considered and imaginatively voiced.