At Last: The Complete Schubert Sonatas


Seasons ago, the Tisch Center for the Arts of the 92nd Street Y, in New York, set out to present the complete works of Franz Schuhert in several annual installments, each one supported by an ambitious symposium, master classes, and exhibitions. Complicating the logistics, raising the expense, and sacrificing aesthetic balance, the first seasons progressed in strict chronological order. Then, not far past the copious juvenilia, money ran out. Now, the Schuhertiade resumes with a difference. This year’s topic is “Schubert and the Piano.” In a series of six concerts (March 17 to April 4), Andras Schiff performs the piano sonatas, the first time they have been performed in their totality in this country. A recording of the composer’s posthumous song collection Schwanengesang with the tenor Peter Schreier (on the London label) suggests how well Schiff s limpid, bejeweled touch should serve this inexhaustible repertoire.