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Phil Muse
Audio Video Club of Atlanta, June 2017

Israeli pianist Yevgeny Yontov makes the best possible case on behalf of Franz Schubert’s piano variations and fragments in the present CD. His firm, beautiful tone and feeling for the pronounced rhythmic values in the music pays handsome dividends. Intelligent scholarship in the case of the fragmentary works adds another dimension to an outstanding recital. © 2017 Audio Video Club of Atlanta Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, April 2017

We tend to forget just how much music Franz Schubert composed in the thirty-one years of his short life, this new release containing works from his teenage years. It was a pleasing theme that Schubert took from a quartet by his friend, Anselm Hüttenbrenner, from which he fashioned thirteen variations of a most delightful disposition. It must certainly have captured the attention of amateur pianists of the time, the music’s roots going back to the Baroque era, though the mercurial tenth variation would have proved a challenge. Two years earlier, when he was just eighteen, and already teaching in his father’s schoolroom, he had completed the Ten Variations dedicated to Antonio Salieri. The theme is marked ‘Andante’ and is stately, though the variations that follow are more light-hearted and have a charming simplicity of construction. The programme ends with a substantial but essentially quiet Fantasie in C. Thought to be by Schubert, it was not discovered until 1962. The remainder of the disc is given to that old cliché, ‘the shavings from the master craftsman’s bench’—including two versions of the G major Adagio—and will fill a small hole in Naxos’s catalogue. Played by the young Israeli pianist, Yevgeny Yontov, who is still a student with a number of important competition successes to his name. He enjoys the freshness of approach the music requires, while he produces an excellently clean articulation. The recording comes from sessions at Yale University, in the United States, and is of excellent quality. © 2017 David’s Review Corner





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