The March issue of Gramophone is now available, in which we focus on the masterpieces composed by Schubert in the final year of his life, 1828. The F minor Fantasie piano duet, the final three piano sonatas, Schwanengesang, the Mass in E flat, the C major String Quintet – these works feel not so much conclusions to a short but brilliant career but rather hint tantalisingly and tragically at what might have followed. Gramophone critic Richard Wigmore tells the story of Schubert’s last months, discussing those profound works with some of their most powerful interpreters, including Alfred Brendel, Mitsuko Uchida and Christoph Prégardien.
Elsewhere in the issue, violinist Isabelle Faust talks us through the score of the Berg Violin Concerto (paired with the Beethoven Concerto, it's this issue's Recording of the Month - hear an excerpt on the Gramophone Player), soprano Natalie Dessay talks about her new disc of Debussy songs, Villa-Lobos's Bachianas Brasileiras is the subject of the Gramophone Collection, and we remember the great conductor Günter Wand in our Icons feature.
And of course we unveil our selection of the best new releases of the month – read reviews of all these and many, many more recordings, written by the finest critics.