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Schubert : Music for Violin & Piano [CD]

Radu Lupu, Jean Francaix Audio CD
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  • Composer: Franz Schubert
  • Audio CD (24 July 2000)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00004TTIL
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,209 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Sonatina in D for violin & piano, D384 - 1. Allegro moltoSzymon Goldberg 4:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Sonatina in D for violin & piano, D384 - 2. AndanteSzymon Goldberg 3:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Sonatina in D for violin & piano, D384 - 3. Allegro vivaceSzymon Goldberg 3:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Sonatina in G minor for violin & piano, D408 - 1. Allegro giustoSzymon Goldberg 5:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Sonatina in G minor for violin & piano, D408 - 2. AndanteSzymon Goldberg 4:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Sonatina in G minor for violin & piano, D408 - 3. MenuettoSzymon Goldberg 2:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Sonatina in G minor for violin & piano, D408 - 4. Allegro moderatoSzymon Goldberg 3:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Sonatina in A minor for violin & piano, D385 - 1. Allegro moderatoSzymon Goldberg 6:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Sonatina in A minor for violin & piano, D385 - 2. AndanteSzymon Goldberg 7:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Sonatina in A minor for violin & piano, D385 - 3. MenuettoSzymon Goldberg 2:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Sonatina in A minor for violin & piano, D385 - 4. AllegroSzymon Goldberg 4:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Sonata for Violin and Piano in A, D.574 "Duo" - 1. Allegro moderatoSzymon Goldberg 9:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Sonata for Violin and Piano in A, D.574 "Duo" - 2. Scherzo (Presto)Szymon Goldberg 3:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Sonata for Violin and Piano in A, D.574 "Duo" - 3. AndantinoSzymon Goldberg 3:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Sonata for Violin and Piano in A, D.574 "Duo" - 4. Allegro vivaceSzymon Goldberg 5:13£0.79  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Fantasia in C, for Violin and Piano D.934 - 1. Andante moltoSzymon Goldberg 3:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Fantasia in C, for Violin and Piano D.934 - 2. AllegrettoSzymon Goldberg 5:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Fantasia in C, for Violin and Piano D.934 - 3. AndantinoSzymon Goldberg10:20Album Only
Listen  4. Fantasia in C, for Violin and Piano D.934 - 4. Tempo primo-Allegro-Allegretto-PrestoSzymon Goldberg 6:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano in A minor, D.821 - 1. Allegro moderatoMaurice Gendron 8:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano in A minor, D.821 - 2. AdagioMaurice Gendron 4:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano in A minor, D.821 - 3. AllegrettoMaurice Gendron 8:22£0.79  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Mining the archives can produce curious results: since Schubert's violin and piano output was small, and since the demands of a Double Decca are large, we get a cello and piano add-on at the end, in the form of Schubert's "Arpeggione" sonata played by cellist Maurice Gendron and pianist Jean Françaix. Recorded in 1954, their sound quality is primitive, but their leisurely approach makes an interesting foil to that of the main event. Don't be put off by the fact that these chamber sonatas are minor works, with only intermittent hints of the divine poignancy of Schubert at his best. The early ones offer fascinating glimpses of his genius unfolding; the later music, which is rarely performed, is shot through with unexpected textures and harmonic shifts. And it's all wonderfully played: Goldberg's Polish background--and tuition from the great Carl Flesch--is reflected in his quintessentially central-European expressiveness and purity of tone; Lupu, whose playing is now rather eccentric, has here found the perfect mode for the occasion. As Schubert intended, the instruments have parity--there's no question of "piano accompaniment". The (unsigned) programme note is excellent on the music, but why nothing on the performers? They aren't all dead, and they're also rather interesting. Would you have guessed that Françaix's other activities included writing the music for the films of Sacha Guitry? --Michael Church

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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The Violin Sonatas (or Sonatinas, as the first publisher called them) may not be grand works on the scale of the later piano sonatas, but they exhibit the Schubertian virtues of melodic fluency, warmth and perhaps a more human touch than in Beethoven. And they are fun! The 2-disc set also includes the Fantasia in C, a light, sparkling and memorable 25 minute work. In all these, Szymon Goldberg brings clarity, warmth and a lack of flashiness or self-promotion, to present the works for themselves, joyous and balanced, with an equally outstanding contribution from Radu Lupu. For those who have not encountered Goldberg before, suffice to say he was appointed leader of the Berlin Philharmonic at the age of 21, by Furtwangler, in pre-war Berlin, and, escaping Germany before the war, he had a long and successful career as soloist and conductor. Recorded in 1979, the sound here quality is first-rate, warm and rich, among Decca's best.

The surprise coupling is a fairly early recording of the Arpeggione Sonata, played on cello by Maurice Gendron, with Jean Francaix on piano. Although it's a mono recording from 1952, the music-making completely removes any concerns about the sound, which is good enough not to be distracting, and it takes only a few seconds to forget its sonic limitations.

Overall, a bargain, and a great way to discover some of Schubert's lesser-known works. Well worth exploring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars lovely Schubert 18 Jun 2013
By Physiol
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An excellent recording. Violin playing is understated with beautiful expression just right for Schubert. Excellent rapport between violinist and accompianist. Well worth listening to.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Lupu & Goldburg but Francais/Gendron outshone by Britten/Rostrapovic 27 Oct 2005
By JP Nightingale - Published on
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This one alas loses a star to the arpeggione (performed by Gendron and Francais) which, compared to the magnificent and shimmering Britten/Rostrapovic version, sounds rather rushed and hollow. That is not to say the playing is poor - if hearing this for the first time the listener will be every bit as enthralled as with the rest of the CD.

The Lupu/Goldburg recordings on the other hand are sublime. Radu Lupu has a profound understanding of and affinity with the poetic soul of Schubert's music. Goldberg's violin never strains or hurries but pitches itself perfectly against Lupu's accompaniment. Together they penetrate the melancholy and darkness that runs under the delicate surface of Schubert's music. The beautiful and mysterious Fantasie is the musical equivalent to standing in a shower of transluscent, multi-coloured crystals and, unless you are really not the romantic type, will hold you utterly transfixed.

This is an absolutlely first class interpretation of some of Schubert's loveliest music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a Sensation! 11 Jun 2005
By BLee - Published on
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You won't go wrong with anything by Schubert, so says a famous musicologist. Quite right. Even though his composition may not always be as well thought-out as Beethoven, Schubert's music is always beautiful and interesting. So are the pieces here.

On the whole, these pieces are light weighted, somewhat like light classical music, very charming and easy listening. But the players here are not light weighted at all. For those who are not so familiar with Goldberg, he had been concert master first of Dresden and then of Berlin Philharmonic for years before the Nazi rule. His mentor was the famous German pedagogue Carl Flesch, who also taught Ida Haendel, Szeryng, Menuhin... Lupu needs no introduction, he is probably one of the best 5 living pianists who can let the music speak for itself. The more go to him, the more he reminds you of Lipatti.

The Arpeggione Sonata that I refer to the most being Feuermann (EMI). So, in this album we also have Gendron playing the same piece. The playing is equally good, but the recorded sound is so much better. And, in case the name of Gendron doesn't ring a bell, he was one of best cellists of the French school of the same stature as Tortelier and Fournier: the three were colleagues in Paris Conservatory. He was also Menuhin's chosen partner. It is likely that after listening to Gendron, the audience will start to check him out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely set 16 May 2004
By Steve Kessell - Published on
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Schubert's music for violin and piano includes four violin sonatas (the first three being called "sonatinas" originally), the D 934 Fantasy, and the amazing Arpeggione Sonata D 821.
The first three violin sonatas are considered to be "light weight" but they are quite charming. The fourth (D 574) and the Fantasy are excellent, substantial pieces. The entire performance by Goldberg and Lupu is above reproach.
The arpeggione was a strange 6-string fretted instrument, bowed like a cello. In this performance, Maurice Gendron uses a modern cello (and this piece is supposed to be a monster to play on the cello). The recording was done in 1954 and is mono (has no one dared to tackle it since?), but it is still quite outstanding.
A "must buy" for Schubert and chamber music fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A collection album! 3 Nov 2007
By Hiram Gomez Pardo - Published on
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During decades, this music expected to be divulgated entirely: despite the undeniable efforts of Alexander Schneider during Prades and Puerto Rico Festivals, really it was not possible to record integrally these majestic and sublime works, with such level of interpretative solvency.

Fortunately for us, the long wait was over. And this remarkable double album, not only presents us his four admirable sonatas for violin, but besides and admirable performance of the lovely Arpegione Sonata, so beloved and appreciated by the most hard Schubertians all over the world.

This priceless album has been a treasured finding not only for previous generations but mostly for the next to come.

An admirable and heartfelt artistic effort.
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent recording 30 Mar 2013
By Chris Reader - Published on
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I bought this CD for the Fantasie in C Major - a truly spectacular piece, considered one of the most difficult to play in all chamber music. The performances of this piece by Goldberg and Lupu are excellent - worth 5 stars. The sonata for Arppegione (an old instrument akin to the viola da gamba, played here on cello) is very enjoyable, in spite of being in Mono! The sound quality on all the other tracks (in stereo) is excellent.

Two of the violin sonatas included in this 2 CD set are interesting, if not thrilling. The other two are minor works you can skip. If I had it to do over, I would find a recording of the Fantasie in C Major on a single CD.

It took a long time to receive this from Marvelio - I guess I'm spoiled by fast deliveries from Amazon.
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