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Andras Schiff Plays Schubert 199: Piano Trios, Arpeggione Sonata (Euroarts: 2066798) [DVD] [2012] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: András Schiff
  • Directors: János Darvas
  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Euroarts
  • DVD Release Date: 28 May 2012
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007N0SWYQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,570 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The renowned Hungarian pianist András Schiff plays the Schubert Piano Trios and the Arpeggione Sonata D.821 in A minor, accompanied by violinist Yuuko Shiokawa and cellist Miklós Perényi, in a performance recorded at the Palais Erb, Austria in 1991.

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Perényi masters the Arpeggione with apparent ease, with Schiff accompanying sensitively. There's a fine sense of ensemble, beautifully delineating dark and light in the Trios. --Nick Shave, BBC Music Magazine

András Schiff's wistfully lyrical approach to Schubert strikes me as near ideal for this most elusive of the great Viennese composers. --Julian Haylock, International Record Review

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 13 Aug 2012
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This is an historical issue dating from 1991. It features artistes renowned for their Schubert interpretations and the disc is thus an issue of note and importance.

The two trios are late Schubert and, although played and recorded far less often than the 'Trout' piano quintet, they are certainly of the same level of compositional inspiration. There have been fine performances on CD of these works and those by the Beaux Arts Trio and the more recent Florestan Trio have established themselves as benchmark references. The Arpeggione sonata has long been well served by the fine Rostropovich account made in partnership with Benjamin Britten.

These performances are well able to sustain comparison with these illustrious audio-only accounts. This will not come as a surprise to anyone familiar with Schiff's accounts of the Trout Quintet or the Impromptus on CD and which are considered to be among the very finest. The style of performing is undemonstrative but is deeply considered with sensitive playing matched by observance of all tempi and phrasing requirements as written by Schubert. This is not spectacular playing which draws attention to itself. Instead we experience performances that seem to speak directly to us from Schubert through the channel of these sympathetic musicians.

The recording offers good stereo sound of a standard that would allow the disc to be enjoyed as an aural only option. This means that the disc would be very competitive with CDs of the period as it plays for so much longer. However, it obviously also offers a visual record and this gives it added appeal. The camera work keeps a respectful distance and is not intrusive. This is appropriate to the type of interpretations being presented.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kirk McElhearn TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 Sep 2013
If you were to dismiss this DVD because of its less-than-stellar video quality, you'd be missing out on some fine music, and excellent sound. The video in this 1991 recording is a bit rough around the edges, but the sound and the performances are as good as one can hope for.

András Schiff, Yuuko Shiokawa and Miklós Perényi lovingly perform these three works for piano trio, providing moving, melancholic playing at times, and lively, boisterous interpretations at others. The third movement of Piano Trio No. 1, that slow, languid melody at the heart of this work, is splendidly performed, and the balance between the instruments is ideal. The more lively opening movement of Piano Trio No. 2 has plenty of energy. And the slower second movement of the same work, with that unforgettable cello melody opening over the piano - well known from the film Barry Lyndon - is performed with great subtlety.

The timings of the piano trios are on the long side, with the second trio nearly 52 minutes long. I find the tempi to be ideal for these works, as the musicians seem to have found just the right balance of energy and speed for these trios.

The Arpeggione Sonata is performed here in a version for cello and piano. The musicians play without scores, unlike for the piano trios. Again, the balance of the instruments is ideal, and Miklós Perényi gets an occasion to stand out with his excellent cello playing.

These works are filmed in a small room, with the three musicians very close together. The piano is in the rear, and the violin and cello in the front. The sound of this recording is excellent, with a nearly perfect balance among the three performers.
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By Guy on 1 Feb 2013
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The two Schubert trios and the Arpeggione Sonata are beautifully played and the sound is excellent for its age and has probably been restored. I found the playing of all three soloists was superb. The works are, for me, rather repetitive but I would be very presumptuous to criticise Schubert! I think that once he had a good melody he worked it for all it was worth!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beese on 10 Sep 2012
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I liked this DVD very much, but it is 4:3 and NOT 16:9 as stated.
(Unless you happen to like stretched-sideways-to-fit pictures.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Fine performances, the video shows its age 28 Sep 2012
By Kirk McElhearn - Published on Amazon.com
If you were to dismiss this DVD because of its less-than-stellar video quality, you'd be missing out on some fine music, and excellent sound. The video in this 1991 recording is a bit rough around the edges, but the sound and the performances are as good as one can hope for.

András Schiff, Yuuko Shiokawa and Miklós Perényi lovingly perform these three works for piano trio, providing moving, melancholic playing at times, and lively, boisterous interpretations at others. The third movement of Piano Trio No. 1, that slow, languid melody at the heart of this work, is splendidly performed, and the balance between the instruments is ideal. The more lively opening movement of Piano Trio No. 2 has plenty of energy. And the slower second movement of the same work, with that unforgettable cello melody opening over the piano - well known from the film Barry Lyndon - is performed with great subtlety.

The timings of the piano trios are on the long side, with the second trio nearly 52 minutes long. I find the tempi to be ideal for these works, as the musicians seem to have found just the right balance of energy and speed for these trios.

The Arpeggione Sonata is performed here in a version for cello and piano. The musicians play without scores, unlike for the piano trios. Again, the balance of the instruments is ideal, and Miklós Perényi gets an occasion to stand out with his excellent cello playing.

These works are filmed in a small room, with the three musicians very close together. The piano is in the rear, and the violin and cello in the front. The sound of this recording is excellent, with a nearly perfect balance among the three performers. Visually, the small space where this was filmed allows for little variety in camera angles, but the music is so vividly performed that this actually works quite well. There is no distraction from excessive cuts and angles, so the viewer and listener can focus on the music.

These musicians recorded these works for Teldec on a 2-CD set released in 1998, but which is, unfortunately, out of print. After watching this DVD, I would very much like to get their recording, as this is one of the better performances of these works that I have heard.

This is a delightful performance of some of Schubert's best chamber music. While the video quality is not perfect, it's easy to forget this as you are carried away by the wonderful music.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Musically this is outstandingly rewarding and has been very successfully restored 13 Aug 2012
By I. Giles - Published on Amazon.com
This is an historical issue dating from 1991. It features artistes renowned for their Schubert interpretations and the disc is thus an issue of note and importance.

The two trios are late Schubert and, although played and recorded far less often than the 'Trout' piano quintet, they are certainly of the same level of compositional inspiration. There have been fine performances on CD of these works and those by the Beaux Arts Trio and the more recent Florestan Trio have established themselves as benchmark references. The Arpeggione sonata has long been well served by the fine Rostropovich account made in partnership with Benjamin Britten.

These performances are well able to sustain comparison with these illustrious audio-only accounts. This will not come as a surprise to anyone familiar with Schiff's accounts of the Trout Quintet or the Impromptus on CD and which are considered to be among the very finest. The style of performing is undemonstrative but is deeply considered with sensitive playing matched by observance of all tempi and phrasing requirements as written by Schubert. This is not spectacular playing which draws attention to itself. Instead we experience performances that seem to speak directly to us from Schubert through the channel of these sympathetic musicians.

The recording offers good stereo sound of a standard that would allow the disc to be enjoyed as an aural only option. This means that the disc would be very competitive with CDs of the period as it plays for so much longer. However, it obviously also offers a visual record and this gives it added appeal. The camera work keeps a respectful distance and is not intrusive. This is appropriate to the type of interpretations being presented. The colour range is remarkably good for its period and the imaging, being mostly close-range is sharp enough to be enjoyable so long as a suitable viewing distance is maintained. Close viewing on large screens would not be a good option as the image will lose cohesion.

This historical disc can be summarised as a successful restoration of an important musical offering and the main focus of its value should be on that criteria. The successful restoration of its sound and the imaging is very good indeed considering its vintage and should not be a matter for serious concern if the focus remains on the music and its performance.

On those terms I would suggest that this disc and its companion issue are fully deserving of serious consideration as purchases.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Just utterly pleasant. 24 July 2013
By Daryl Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
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Beautifully and tastefully recorded. The "Arpeggione" Sonata is particularly nice. Miklos Perenyi's has such a beautiful legato and solid technique. Schiff is otherworldly and the violinist humbly superb. Nice.
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