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Schubert: Impromptus D899 & D935

Elisabeth Leonskaïa Audio CD
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  • Composer: Franz Schubert
  • Audio CD (29 Mar 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B0001BRO98
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,323 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Schubert : 4 Impromptus D899 : No.1 in C minor
2. Schubert : 4 Impromptus D899 : No.2 in E flat major
3. Schubert : 4 Impromptus D899 : No.3 in G flat major
4. Schubert : 4 Impromptus D899 : No.4 in A flat major
5. Schubert : 4 Impromptus D935 : No.1 in F minor
6. Schubert : 4 Impromptus D935 : No.2 in A flat major
7. Schubert : 4 Impromptus D935 : No.3 in B flat major
8. Schubert : 4 Impromptus D935 : No.4 in F minor

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interpretations of True Beauty and Integrity 19 Mar 2006
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I was introduced to this pianist through my own piano teacher who could not speak highly enough of her. After listening to this disc I could see exactly what he was talking about and had to purchase my own copy.
The interpretations are simply very special. These miniature masterpieces are played with such tenderness and passion and the perforances show real insight and musical intelligence. The pianist has not merely regurgitated what she has heard other pianists play but has produced a performance which is both fresh and original whilst retaining the composer's true intentions.
The sound quality is also excellent. In short a disc to be cherished.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Penetrating and compelling illustration of Schubert’s evolution from song to instrumental style. 21 Nov 2013
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Russian pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja’s focus on the lyrical dimension in Schubert’s D899 Impromptus bears the result of highlighting their inner affinities with the lieder. The pianist’s articulation is wonderfully clear and transparent, with scrupulous phrasing and affectionate cantabile; never insipid. She cleverly succeeds in uncovering the background organic coherence of these four remarkable miniatures in a stylish interpretation. Her portrayal of the more tempestuous moments, most notably the b minor section in the E flat (No. 2) and darker rumblings in the G flat (No. 3), is however a tad reserved.

In the four D935 Impromptus, her exquisitely crafted playing reveals a disguised sonata form in these four pieces. The balances between key and gesture are deftly done in a dramatic account of the f minor first piece. She brings out the deliciously warm glow of A flat major in the second, and shapes the ‘Rosamunde’ variations in the third Impromptu with style. The exultant Fourth Impromptu hails its triumphant resolution back to f minor with her glowingly dramatic performance.

Recorded sound is excellent. Leonskaja’s marvellous and penetrating interpretations of these famous pieces will strongly appeal to conossieurs.
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