Schubert Symphony No. 8
London Classical Players/Roger Norrington
Virgin 562 2272
Schubert Piano Sonata in A D959
Alfred Brendel (piano)
Decca 438 7032
Brendel plays the first of Schubert’s last three miraculous sonatas with gravitas and grace.
Ian Bostridge (tenor), Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)
Warner Classics 2564620418
Ian Bostridge and Leif Ove Andsnes conjure up a fine balance of beauty and coldness in this excellent recent release.
Schubert String Quartet No. 15
Harmonia Mundi HMC902121
The drive and drama of Schubert’s nervous quartet is captured here with an abundance of energy by Cuarteto Casals.
Freya Parr is BBC Music Magazine's Digital Editor and Staff Writer. She has also written for titles including the Guardian, Circus Journal, Frankie and Suitcase Magazine, and runs The Noiseletter, a fortnightly arts and culture publication. Freya's main areas of interest and research lie in 20th-century and contemporary music.