Schubert, Franz Peter (1797-1828) - Works For Fortepiano 12 Cd Set
Fortepianist Jan Vermeulen studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels with André de Groote.
He graduated in 1979, obtaining a higher diploma of piano. After having won the Tenuto Competition in 1979, held by the Belgian Radio and Television (BRT), Jan Vermeulen started an impressive career as a soloist and chamber musician in Belgium as well as abroad.
His performances are marked by a constant search for authenticity. Jan Vermeulen wants to interpret the classical, romantic and impressionistic repertoire in a historically grounded and well-considered way. As a result, piano music is interpreted on period instruments that mostly belong to his own private collection, which now consists of seven fortepianos. Jan Vermeulen teaches piano and fortepiano at the Lemmensinstituut in Leuven.
In the Press:
Compare interpretations as varied as those of Brendel, Richter and Perahia, and though each has great strengths, none so fully portrays the proportions, the shapes and textures, or the sheer drama of this difficult but magnificent work.
International Record Review
...Vermeulen is a wonderful Schubert player. He is a dynamic musician as well as a sensitive one, meeting all the demands of the composer’s varied moods and styles. The opening movements of the two late sonatas, D 958 and D 959, for example, with their stormy beginnings, are played with dramatic abandon and passion, while the slow movements radiate a lyrical calm, their singing melodies played sensitively, with nuance, but without exaggeration. He subtly captures the playful bumptiousness of the Scherzos, in the sonatas as well as in the Two Scherzos. Altogether, Vermeulen makes a persuasive case for Schubert on the fortepiano. This set is enthusiastically recommended.
Susan Kagan - Fanfare
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