Volume two of the Schubertreise presents a mixed programme that reveals many connections - not least, the relationship between father and daughter (the latter nineteen at the time of these recordings).
Late Chopin takes centre stage: his Sonata in g, opus 65 is his `winter journey` and contains echoes of Schubert`s great song cycle. The Dutch composer Jan Vriend was directly inspired to write JOY (2011) by a performance that the Lisney Duo gave of this sonata; Vriend, celebrating his seventy fifth birthday in 2013, is a lifelong devotee of the Polish composer and this work is visited (briefly) by both Chopin and Beethoven.
2013 is the centenary of Witold Lutoslawski – and his Grave for violoncello and piano has become a modern classic. Written in memoriam Stefan Jarocinski, an authority on the music of Debussy, it takes as its starting point a motif from the forest scene in Pelléas et Mélisande. Debussy`s Estampes remain fresh and innovative: a whirlwind tour through Asia, Iberia and back home to France.
Finally, Franz Schubert`s Fantasy in C continues to divide the academics as to its authenticity but there is no denying its romantic, brillante writing to those who appreciate the wide stylistic range of the Viennese composer.
Catalogue No. WOODCD811 (1 CD)
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