"Barbara Nissman’s Schubert is like no other. Tingling with bracing vitality, as each phrase naturally unfolds, it feels as though the music is being lived through as a vital imperative. Nissman tantalises the senses as she probes the music’s captivating fusion of structural and expressive narrative with an intuitiveness that suggests a composer on the verge of a creative breakthrough. Played like this, with subtly nuanced temporal flexibility, confiding intimacy and a radiant touch, Schubert’s expansive inspiration assumes a rare dynamic focus that galvanises the listener’s attention. They may have been Schubert’s musical last will and testament, yet in Nissman’s luminous hands these glorious sonatas sound like the work of a composer who had everything to live for."