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Four Hand Piano Works (Exp) [Original recording remastered]

Murray Perahia Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (30 Sep 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000CF330
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,902 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Sonata in D Major for Two Pianos, K. 448: I. Allegro con spiritoRadu Lupu 8:312.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. II. AndanteRadu Lupu 7:572.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Sonata in D Major for Two Pianos, K. 448: III. Allegro moltoRadu Lupu 6:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Fantasia in F minor for Piano, Four Hands, D. 940 (Op. 103)Radu Lupu19:204.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Fantasia in F minor for Mechanical Organ, K.608, An Organ Piece for a Clock: I. Allegro ritenutoRadu Lupu 3:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Fantasia in F minor for Mechanical Organ, K.608, An Organ Piece for a Clock: II. AndanteRadu Lupu 4:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Fantasia in F minor for Mechanical Organ, K.608, An Organ Piece for a Clock: III. Allegro ritenutoRadu Lupu 2:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Andante & Variations (5) in G Major for Piano 4-Hands, K.501: AndanteRadu Lupu 1:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Variation IRadu Lupu 1:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Andante & Variations (5) in G Major for Piano 4-Hands, K.501: Variation IIRadu Lupu 1:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Variation IIIRadu Lupu 1:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Andante & Variations (5) in G Major for Piano 4-Hands, K.501: Variation IVRadu Lupu 1:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Variation VRadu Lupu 2:050.99  Buy MP3 

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Buy this just for the incredible recording of Schubert's Fantasie in F minor for piano duet. I've a few recordings of it but nothing comes close to the desperate, emotional intensity achieved here. Perahia and Lupu's playing merges seemlessly into one, it's judged and played perfectly, and the 20 minutes leaves you breathless, torn, anguished, just as Schubert may have felt in the last few ill months of his life, when this was written. If I can find fault it's that there are a few minor background noises present in the recording, which may distract occasionally near the beginning, but not too much. As for the Mozart, it's fine, but I'd pay 50 for this disc with the Fantasie alone. It's simply the best recording of one of the greatest pieces of piano music ever written.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical 9 Jun 2007
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Nothing Murray Perahia does is ever bad. In this case the performance of the Schubert is magical. I heard it in the car on the way to work and was captivated - a dangerous driver for a while. If you like Schubert and Perahia this is a must-buy recording. The sound is slightly old and the audience noise is not ideal, but when the music grabs you then you no longer notice these slight snags. The Mozart is well worth having too, but not in quite the same, unmissable, class as the Schubert.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring performance 21 Feb 2011
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After comparing 8 or 9 different versions of Schubert's Fantasia in F Minor for Piano, Four Hands on Youtube, I liked Perahia's and Lupu's performance best and bought this CD. Totally satisfied.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great performance, as expected 13 Aug 2006
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Probably the best performance of the Schubert four hands Fantasia, the two players seem to understand each other perfectly.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Transcendent Music, Perfectly Played 30 Aug 2008
By Joseph Isenbergh - Published on Amazon.com
Schubert's F minor Fantasy is the greatest work for piano 4-hands. To my ears, indeed, it comes close to the summit of all music. The piece is beyond imagining. You cannot believe that there is music this beautiful until you actually hear it. Some say that listening to Mozart will make you smarter. Maybe so -- and that's great -- but listening to Schubert (and in particular the F minor Fantasy) will make you happier.

The F minor Fantasy has always drawn great artists to it and has been much and well recorded, by such duo pianists as Eschenbach-Frantz, Tal-Groethuysen, Richter-Britten, Aebersold-Neiweem, Gilels (Emil)-Gilels (Elena), Levin-Bilson, Schnabel (Helen)-Schnabel (Karl), the Paratore brothers, the Pekinel sisters, and Brendel-Crochet, to name only a few. I own more than 30 recordings of the piece. Astonishingly, all are rewarding; many are sublime.

Even within this lofty group, the Lupu and Perahia recording stands out. Their playing combines clarity and rhythmic propulsion with a kind of dreamy relaxation. This may sound impossible, but Lupu and Perahia accomplish it with supple inflection and finely shaded dynamics in the musical lines, while maintaining rigorous metrical exactitude. Lupu and Perahia's quality of phrasing -- rare even in solo pianists concerned only with their own hands -- is unique among duo pianists. The closing section (a combination of recapitulation and coda wrapped around a driving fugato) is perhaps the greatest 5 minutes of recorded music that I have heard. The tempi here are slower than in many other recordings. This is ideal, because the overwhelming feeling you get from this music is to want it to last forever. The perfect tempo is the slowest one that maintains strong forward movement. Lupu and Perahia achieve this effect, among many artful touches, with the elasticity of their phrasing. Also, the sound is impeccable. I doubt the F minor Fantasy can be played better or recorded with greater fidelity.

For several years I extolled in this review the 99 cent price of this mp3 file. Recently, however, Amazon.com has increased the price of the F minor Fantasy to $2.97. Even so, the piece is a great buy. But now there is a stronger reason than before to buy the entire album, which offers along with the F minor Fantasy several works of Mozart -- all superbly played -- including an exemplary recording of the D major sonata for two pianos K 448.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Full Keyboard - More Mozart and Schubert! 14 July 2006
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
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The credentials of both of the two soloists here - Murray Perahia and Radu Lupu - are impeccable as individual interpreters of the works of both Mozart and Schubert and so it should come as no surprise that as they sit at the same keyboard the result is nothing less than satisfying.

For this listener the highlight of this recording is the splendid composition by Schubert - the 'Fantasia for piano, 4 hands in F minor', D. 94. The work contains some of his most haunting melodies in his oeuvre and Perahia and Lupu find that degree of harmony that makes the piece truly sing.

The Mozart works (Sonata for 2 Pianos in D Major, K 375), the Fantasia for mechanical organ in F minor, K. 608 and Variations on an original theme for piano, 4 hands in G major, K. 501) are of interest not only because they are rarely heard, but also because of the intelligent music making Perahia and Lupu bring to their interpretations. Without a score in hand it is difficult to know which exposed parts are being played by which soloist and that is as it should be. The two pianists mirror each other and respect the performances in a way that is a welcome unified sound.

Works for extended piano keyboard, whether that be on the same keyboard or on two pianos, are too infrequently performed for obvious reasons. But here we have two of our finest pianists on a CD that is available at the press of a button. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, July 06
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly rated 21 July 2005
By Alan Lekan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A superb collaboration of two great pianists recently remastered for better sound quality. Masterful music but perhaps a divergent coupling. This performance was given high marks by major reviewers (Gramophone). See original CD issue for more reviews on Amazon.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime music, sublime pianism. 24 Sep 2011
By Miles D. Moore - Published on Amazon.com
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The Mozart D Major Sonata and the Schubert F Minor Fantasia together represent the summit of the four-handed piano literature. One is sublimely joyous, the other sublimely tragic, and on this CD they present a fascinating study in contrasts, like Falstaff and Hamlet.

The first version of the Mozart D Major I ever heard was the Hungaroton LP released in the '70s, performed by Deszo Ranki and Zoltan Kocsis. I prefer the special brio Ranki and Kocsis gave this work to the more placid version on this CD; but that is the only, very mild, criticism I have of the suave, elegant and masterful performance by Radu Lupu and Murray Perahia. As for the Schubert, there is very little I can add to the intelligent and detailed review by Joseph Isenbergh. The version by Emil and Elena Gilels seems to be the most passionately beloved of this work on disc; the Kissin-Levine version has both its defenders and its detractors. All I can say is that the Perahia-Lupu version offers discriminating listeners everything it should, and then some.

I had not heard either the Mozart Mechanical Organ fantasia or the Andante and Variations before I bought this disc, but they are beautiful and more than just lagniappe. (Note that in the Mechanical Organ fantasia Perahia and Lupu restored sections that Busoni omitted in his original transcription.) This is a magnificent CD at any price, and at its bargain price it's a must-have for anyone who loves this music.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest 2-piano, 4-hand disc! 30 Nov 2010
By CV Alkan - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been listening to the original disc for at least 20 years. As I type this, I'm listening to the Fantasy, perhaps Schubert's most underrated masterpiece. This is a work that ages like fine wine and for me, it is my desert island piece. It is tragic, uplifting and achingly beautiful. It is masterfully played by Lupu and Perahia. This is a classic example where the sum is greater than the 2 parts.

As one of the reviewers has already pointed out, the Mozart I consider the greatest work ever composed for 2 pianos. Mozart composed famous piece but one has to admit that D major sonata has never achieved what, for example, Jupiter Symphony and Don Giovanni have. This is a shame. The allegro molto movement is as scintillating of a performance as you'll find. Clearly, it is my favorite Mozart keyboard music.

I have all of major 4-hand, 2-piano recordings and I can't think of another recording that illustrates the potential of the 4 hand, 2-piano medium. This disc (the original 40min disc) has never gone out of print and I suspect that, like Gould's original Goldberg Variations, it will be around for a long time.
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