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CD Review: Toronto pianist Boris Zarankin surprises and delights with recording of two Schubert Sonatas

Schubert: Sonatas (DoReMi)
*** ½ (out of 4)

Toronto pianist Boris Zarankin takes the overt emotional turmoil of Romanticism, and buries it deep inside the soul in this set of two late Piano Sonatas by Romantic great Franz Schubert (1797-1828). The usual virtuosic fireworks recede to reveal a kinder, intimate and more melancholy music. Yes, there are a lot of technical demands in these pieces, which Zarankin overcomes without fuss, but the real attraction here is how the pianist causes time to slow down and, on several occasions, to stand still as his fingers indulge the composer’s creative ramblings.

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