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Schubert: Piano Duets (Allegro In A Minor/ Andantino Varie/ Fugue/ Rondo/ Variations) [CD]

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Schubert: Piano Duets (Allegro In A Minor/ Andantino Varie/ Fugue/ Rondo/ Variations) + Schubert: Piano Sonatas D.840; 850 & 894 (Paul Lewis) + Schubert: Piano Sonatas, Impromptus (Paul Lewis)
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  • Conductor: -
  • Composer: Franz Schubert
  • Audio CD (1 Nov 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B0042ZUNGU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,780 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Allegro in A minor Lebensstürme D947
2. Andantino varié in B minor D823 No 2
3. Fugue in E minor D952
4. Rondo in A major D951
5. Variations on an original theme in A flat major D813
6. Fantasie in F minor D940

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In this repertoire they are as one,touch and tone indistinguisable from one another,playing with a delicious fluency and obvious affection.This is a Schubert disc to return to and live with. EDITORS CHOICE --Gramophone,Dec'10

Most of this disc features engaged and often exquiste muisc making.The Lewis-Osborne duo establishes a slyly wistful mood in the Andant varse in B minor,revels in the bravura writing of the variations in A flat, offers heartfelt yet delicate lyricism in the Rondo in A,and transforms the severity of the Fugue in E minor into something ennobling.Such playing suggests they have found the key to conveying Schubert's magical world of shadows and sunlight. Perfomance & Recording **** --BBC Music Magazine,Jan'11

Gorgeous playing,highy idiomatic and empathetic.Probably the best I've heard of these pieces. ***** EDITORS CHOICE --Classic fm Magazine,Feb'11

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Allegro "Lebensstürme", D947 - Andantino varié, D823 n°2 - Fugue, D952 - Rondo D951 - Variations sur un thème original, D813 - Fantaisie, D.940 / Paul Lewis & Steven Osborne, piano

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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Paul Lewis and Steven Osborne are two of the most lauded pianists in England, both of them are relatively young, and both of them record frequently, e.g. Lewis's complete Beethoven sonatas Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas and concertos Beethoven: Complete Piano Concertos, and Osborne's recording of music by Kapustin (try it, you'll like it!) Kapustin: Piano Music and Alkan Alkan: Esquisses, Op. 63. As far as I know this is the first time the two of them have recorded together. And what a recording this is! Schubert's four-hand duets are rarely heard in concert -- although they are often played at conservatories and by talented amateurs; though they were originally written as Hausmusik (music to be played privately in homes by amateurs) they are not trivial. Indeed, the Fantasy in F Minor is one of Schubert's absolute piano masterpieces, fully equal to any of his better-known works like the sonatas, moments musicaux or impromptus. But the other pieces included herein are wonderful, too. Needless to say Osborne and Lewis play them all gorgeously.

The first piece, the Allegro in A Minor, 'Lebenstürme' ("Life's Storms") has been given a blockbuster recording, live, by James Levine and Yevgeny Kissin; this performance is quite its equal in its drama and is far better sonically. The Andantino varié in B Minor is fairly slight but it is informed by amazingly subtle harmonic and melodic gestures.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peerless playing - superb disc 3 Jan 2011
By ik_49
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I received this disc as a Christmas present and I can't stop playing it. As the previous reviewer said the F minor fantasie is played superbly. I love this piece but all the others featured are equally expressive and it is hard to imagine more faultless playing. The other good thing about it is it's not "all the same" with many changes of mood, one moment uplifting, the next melancholy - buy it now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars At last! 18 Dec 2010
By Laubegg
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I had wanted a recording of the F minor Fantasie for a long time. None of the existing performances really quite did it for me. This one does. It lives up to all the excellent reviews that it has already received elsewhere. As a bonus, the other 5 Duets were a revelation, especilly as I had never heard most of them before. They are proving to be a continual delight.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excelent performances 3 Jan 2014
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In this repertoire they are as one, touch and tone indistinguishable from one another, playing with a delicious fluency and obvious affection for the music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fine 10 Dec 2012
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THE PRODUCT - Seems perfectly satisfactory
THE POSTMAN - Arrived in good time
THE MUSIC - It is of the most wonderfull profundity - way beyond words.
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