Piano MusicCategory: Desperado Piano MusicSchubert: Piano Music / Alberto Miodini / Composer: Franz Schubert / Performer: Alberto Miodini piano / Number of Discs: 4 / Length: 3 Hours 56 Mins. When we look past the extended meditations of the sonatas into the rest of Schuberts piano music, we tend hardly to see beyond the Wanderer Fantasy and the Impromptus. This undervalues the composers contribution to the work for his instrument, as the Italian pianist Alberto Miodini reveals on an extensive exploration of the sometimes slighter and lighter but often just shorter works he composed through his all-too-short career. Perhaps the late Klavierstücke D946 are best known, and justly so, for their profound and ruminative contemplation, and Miodinis fellow-countryman Paolo Bordoni did sterling work for the Waltzes in 1970s recordings that stand the test of time, but there are still tantalizing fragments that are no less worth hearing for their frustratingly unfinished status - the Unfinished Symphony was by no means the only musical project that Schubert filed in his creative bottom drawer, so fecund was his compositional imagination that he could hardly get the ideas out fast enough. As noted by Alfred Brendel, Schubert chose to interrupt a composition when it was unsatisfying or no longer interesting - evidence of the composers vigorous pursuit of his own individual Sonata style. Among the complete works here are equally little-known variation sets on melodies by Hüttenbrenner and Diabelli - works full of characteristically Schubertian energy and motive power. Recorded in 2013. This set could be rightly called quot;The unknown Schubertquot; as it contains a wealth of shorter, and sometimes unfinished piano pieces by the Viennese master. We all know the piano sonatas, large scale masterworks of great profundity, but Schubert wrote many shorter works: dances, variations, fantasies and miniatures, often simple quot;entertainmentquot; to toss of in the small circle of intimate friends and admirers, but always bearing the stamp of genius, with ever so often a pang of melancholy or sadness, so characteristic of the Schubert The Romantic. A joy to listen to Italian pianist Alberto Miodini, always finding the right touch of lightness and charm.