John Fleming's classical CD picks: Shai Wosner

05.13.12
Shai Wosner
Tampa Bay Times

By John Fleming

Shai Wosner

Album: Schubert: Piano Sonatas D840 & D850 (Onyx)

Why we care: It will be interesting to follow how the career of this young Israeli pianist develops. In his second CD for Onyx, Wosner brings an uncommonly thoughtful style to this recital of Schubert works that, he points out in well-written liner notes, had their origins in the composer's rare forays away from his hometown of Vienna.

Why we like it: Wosner combines great sound with an incisive grasp of musical architecture in pillars of the Schubert piano repertoire, the incomplete Sonata in C and the massive (40 minutes long) Sonata in D. He adds a pair of short pastoral works.

Reminds us of: The approach of another brainy piano virtuoso, Alfred Brendel.

Download these: Six German Dances, Sonata in D

Grade: A-