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Schubert Live

3 May 2010

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 11 May 2010
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Avie Records
  • Copyright: 2010 Imogen Cooper
  • Total Length: 2:18:42
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  • ASIN: B003JRJ8ZE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 193,485 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Robert Bishop on 9 May 2010
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I attended the concert at the QE Hall when these performances were recorded. Thank heavens for the recording because there was no way you could maintain the concentration through a whole concert which is required to do justice to these magisterial performances. There was no showmanship or extraneous gesture of any kind, just an intense, deeply-felt understanding of the music delivered at a level beyond the reach of almost all other pianists. This is not Schubert the tune-smith, it is Schubert reaching the depths of the human soul. To listen to these performances you need to take time and abandon all your pre-conceptions. What an artist!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 50 REVIEWER on 7 Jan 2013
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Over the years I have collected a range of fine performances of these inspirational works by Schubert by widely respected pianists. My previous favourite however has been the set called 'The last six years' also by Imogen Cooper. This was, and still is, a set of reference studio recordings spanning the same repertoire.

Now, some years later the BBC has recorded her 'live' at the South Bank Centre. Comparing the two sets has been instructive and has resulted in my passing the earlier set onto a friend and keeping this new set. Why? The answer is simply that the interpretations have miraculously deepened while also having an extra spontaneity that frequently accompanies live music making. In addition the performances are technically flawless, the recording is utterly faithful and the audience mercifully silent, clearly mesmerised I would imagine.

The total contents of these two discs is as follows: sonatas 14, 15 and 20; 12 German Dances D 790; 4 Impromptus D 899; Allegretto; Hungarian melody.

Imogen Cooper's style is lyrically with plenty of detail brought out in terms of phrasing and accenting. Tempi are within the normal parameters but with a generally forward moving pace with rubato used sparingly. Interestingly, the effect of the rubato when used to slow the pace is to emphasise the overall forward nature of the playing rather than to produce a feeling of emotional overload and undue lingering.

I would therefore suggest that these peerless performances should figure highly on any list of desirable recordings of this repertoire. They would warrant serious consideration as both an 'only' purchase or as part of a collection. There are other fine performances available of this repertoire of course, but I would suggest that there are none finer and many not so fine.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Retired Don on 4 Aug 2010
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Imogen Cooper's sequence of live performances ends with a stunning performance of D960, one of the very finest available. A 'must have' for anyone who loves late Schubert.
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