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Schubert Live, Volume Two

Franz Schubert , Imogen Cooper Audio CD
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  • Performer: Imogen Cooper
  • Composer: Franz Schubert
  • Audio CD (26 Oct 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Avie
  • ASIN: B002Q8H5ZC
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,338 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Piano Sonata in C Minor, D 958: I. Allegro11:22Album Only
Listen  2. Piano Sonata in C Minor, D 958: II. Adagio 8:30£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Piano Sonata in C Minor, D 958: III. Menuetto allegro trio 3:08£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Piano Sonata in C Minor, D 958: IV. Allegro10:07Album Only
Listen  5. Moments Musicaux No. 1 in C Major: Moderato 5:14£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Moments Musicaux No. 2 in A Flat Major: Andantino 6:20£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Moments Musicaux No. 3 in F Minor: Allegro moderato 1:47£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Moments Musicaux No. 4 in C Sharp Minor: Moderato 5:15£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Moments Musicaux No. 5 in F Minor: Allegro vivace 2:16£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Moments Musicaux No. 6 in A Flat Major: Allegretto 7:10£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. 16 Deutsche tšnze11:29Album Only


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Listen  1. Piano Sonata in G Major, D 894: I. Molto moderato e cantabile13:20Album Only
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Listen  3. Piano Sonata in G Major, D 894: III. Menuetto, allegro moderato 4:36£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Piano Sonata in G Major, D 894: IV. Allegretto 9:43£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Impromtptu No. 1 in F Minor: Allegretto moderato11:57Album Only
Listen  6. Impromtptu No. 2 in A Flat Major: Allegretto 8:30£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Impromtptu No. 3 in B Flat Major: Andante12:39Album Only
Listen  8. Impromtptu No. 4 in F Minor: Allegro scherzando 6:54£0.89  Buy MP3 


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Pianist Imogen Cooper follows her critically acclaimed 'Schubert Live, Volume One', with the second 2-CD release in her ongoing series of Schubert's late piano music, recorded live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Imogen Cooper's Schubert Live, Volume One was a runaway success both critically and commercially. An already highly respected artist found her profile, both in the media and at retail, raised to new heights. Imogen continues her exploration of Schubert's late piano music with the second volume in her ongoing series for AVIE, recorded live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Her selection for Volume Two reflects the public appetite, in the late 1820s, for shorter piano pieces, which resulted in Six Moments Musicaux, D780 and Four Impromptus, D 935. Even the publisher of Schubert's G major Sonata, D894, described the work as a 'Fantasy, Andante, Menuetto and Allegretto', knowing that marketing the work as individual character pieces would generate healthier sales.

Personnel: Imogen Cooper (piano)

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Musique pour piano 1823 - 1828 / Imogen Cooper, piano

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By I. Giles HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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 18 and 19; 16 German Dances D 783; 6 Moments Musicaux; 4 Impromptus D 935.

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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Schubert of the highest order 16 Oct 2010
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I attended all of this cycle live, and thoroughly enjoyed it. What has impressed me is the perfection of the playing even when close miked. She gets a gorgeous tone from the piano. The odd cough which distracted during the performances is barely audible. Cooper has more than taken on the Brendel mantle and she is clearly a member of his "school" of playing, if one can talk about such a thing - along with the younger Lewis and Fellner. This is wonderful playing and this set (2) and the other two that have the other post 1822 pieces - (1) and (3) - are of the same very high quality. These are now my preferred recordings.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very good playing 22 Jun 2013
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It is wonderful playing but recording may be a bit scratchy. I've listened almost every day to some part of it.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Finest Living Schubertian I Know 5 Feb 2010
By Thomas A. Hanson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
But don't take my word for it -- consult the Penguin Guide, or look at the Gramaphone Good CD and DVD Guide -- or, better yet, arrange for a hearing of these two magnificent discs. Cooper's playing is unmannered, forceful when necessary, gentle when called for, and imbued with a sense of each work's musical architecture. I normally don't review CDs on Amazon, but I could not let another reviewer have the last word on this exceptional pianist when my ears tell me a very different story. Sure, the "headline" I provided for this review may be an exaggeration (Krystian Zimerman's recording of the Impromptus puts him in the stratosphere of Schubert interpreters), but if it nudges anyone towards a purchase of these discs I am certain of forgiveness.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Artistry of the first rank 27 Aug 2011
By ROBERT H. - Published on Amazon.com
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I would have to disagree with a previous reviewer who finds Imogene Cooper's playing on this disc as "lulling". I would say that may have characterized her playing in the past, but at the time she made her recent Avie recordings, she has grown tremendously in her understanding of how to convey the power and beauty of Schubert's music. She now provides insights into these works that give continuous pleasure. She has a keen sense of how to delight in movement after movement through masterful sense of its architecture. I am not fond of some of the characteristics of other Schubert interpreters like Richter or Kissin (power, yes but lacking often in subtelty and delicacy of expression) and Pollini (too cold and analytical for my tastes). If you want less showy, more introspective and always thoughtful interpretations of Schubert with ample complexity, you need to give Imogene Cooper a place in your collection.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Her previous masterly survey now amazingly improved in these 'live' recordings 8 Feb 2013
By I. Giles - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
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 18 and 19; 16 German Dances D 783; 6 Moments Musicaux; 4 Impromptus D 935.

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.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cooper is always musical and enjoyable but not compeling 10 Dec 2009
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
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How are we to approach a capable, very musical, but not inspired pianist like Imogen Cooper? She has undertaken a series of twofers on the Naive label that are centered, we are told, around the late piano sonatas of Schubert. I first knew of Cooper when she became the regular accompanist for baritone Wolfgang Holzmair on Philips. She was very good in that role, but I didn't hear a great potential for solo playing. Her fans in England would disagree; Cooper is a noted feature of the musical scene there, and she also appears in concertos with American orchestras.

All of that is to the good, but in late Schubert the long shadow of greatness can't be escaped. Richter, Schnabel, and Pollini are my touchstones in this repertoire; others would name Serkin, Lupu, Brendel, and Schiff. For virtuoso power there's Kissin and even Horowitz in the last sonata in B flat, D. 960. Cooper falls into a range of expression that's very pleasurable but not truly probing or exciting. Her approach to the haunting C minor sonata D. 958 is energetic, alert, and basically straightforward. After an infectious first movement, the Adagio is sensitive but a bit foursquare; you don't hear its ultimate poetry. The Menuetto has a nice underlying swing and sway; the finale needs to be more sparkling and vibrant but is certainly good on its own terms.

The other big sonata on the second CD is the one in G Major, D. 894. It's opening theme has a hesitant rocking motion that reminds me of Mahler's equally undecided opening to the Ninth Sym. Beginning in half shadow like this poses a challenge to every interpreter, and Cooper has found a sensitive middle course, neither as aggressive as Richter nor as mannered as Uchida. Schubert didn't write his sonatas for virtuosos; much is to be achieved by knowing how to sing. Cooper does, although her voice isn't totally memorable as Pollini's is -- his lyrical line is totally compelling. In all fairness, not every pianist wants to be charismatic. Cooper invites us into a more intimate listening experience. I think the four Impromptus D. 935 need at least some charisma. Making my way through them, the Moments musicaux, and the German Dances that Cooper has selected became increasingly monotonous. She might have done better releasing one CD at a time rather than two.

Despite these reservations, I'd give this second installment a guarded four stars, with a special nod to listeners who want Schubert to be lulling rather than dynamic.
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