The great pianist would tell everyone that he was, first and foremost, a composer. Not many got to hear his music and, if they did, what they heard was the late, atonal stuff – all very amusing to write, no doubt, but a bit unyielding on the ear.
My album of the week on sinfinimusic.com consists of Schnabel’s early music, composed in the decades spanning the first world war. Almost entirely unperformed, it is engaging, often amusing, deeply revealing of the artist’s character. Read more here.