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Daniel Barenboim, born in Buenos Aires in 1942, started piano lessons at the age of five and gave his first official concert in 1950. He made his debut as a pianist in Vienna and Rome in 1952. In 1954, he took part in Igor Markevitch’s conducting classes in Salzburg and played for Wilhelm Furtwängler, who described him as ‘a phenomenon’. In 1955 he studied with Nadia ... Read more in Amazon's Daniel Barenboim Store

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  • Audio CD (18 Aug. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00L2TCMVS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Listen  1. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.4 In A Minor, D.537 - 1. Allegro ma non troppo 7:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.4 In A Minor, D.537 - 2. Allegretto quasi andantino 7:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.4 In A Minor, D.537 - 3. Allegro vivace 5:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.7 In E Flat, D. 568 - 1. Allegro moderato 9:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.7 In E Flat, D. 568 - 2. Andante molto 5:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.7 In E Flat, D. 568 - 3. Menuetto (Allegretto) 5:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.7 In E Flat, D. 568 - 4. Allegro moderato 9:30£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.9 In B, D.575 - 1. Allegro ma non troppo 7:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.9 In B, D.575 - 2. Andante 5:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.9 In B, D.575 - 3. Scherzo (Allegretto) 6:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.9 In B, D.575 - 4. Allegro giusto 6:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.13 In A, D.664 - 1. Allegro moderato 7:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.13 In A, D.664 - 2. Andante 4:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.13 In A, D.664 - 3. Allegro 7:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.14 In A Minor, D.784 - 1. Allegro giusto13:24£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.14 In A Minor, D.784 - 2. Andante 4:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.14 In A Minor, D.784 - 3. Allegro vivace 5:30£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.16 In A Minor, D.845 - 1. Moderato10:52£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.16 In A Minor, D.845 - 2. Andante, poco mosso12:29£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.16 In A Minor, D.845 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace) - Trio (Un poco più lento) 7:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.16 In A Minor, D.845 - 4. Rondo (Allegro Vivace) 5:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.17 In D, D.850 - 1. Allegro vivace 9:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.17 In D, D.850 - 2. Con moto12:50£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.17 In D, D.850 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace) 9:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.17 In D, D.850 - 4. Rondo (Allegro moderato) 8:24£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.18 In G, D.894 - 1. Molto moderato e cantabile16:31£2.29  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.18 In G, D.894 - 2. Andante 9:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.18 In G, D.894 - 3. Menuetto (Allegro moderato) 4:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.18 In G, D.894 - 4. Allegretto 9:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.20 In A, D.959 - 1. Allegro15:53£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.20 In A, D.959 - 2. Andantino 8:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.20 In A, D.959 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace) 5:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.20 In A, D.959 - 4. Rondo (Allegretto)11:41£1.49  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.19 In C Minor, D.958 - 1. Allegro11:08£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.19 In C Minor, D.958 - 2. Adagio 7:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.19 In C Minor, D.958 - 3. Menuetto (Allegro) 3:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.19 In C Minor, D.958 - 4. Allegro10:00£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.21 In B Flat, D.960 - 1. Molto moderato20:06£2.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.21 In B Flat, D.960 - 2. Andante sostenuto10:08£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.21 In B Flat, D.960 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace con delicatezza) 4:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.21 In B Flat, D.960 - 4. Allegro ma non troppo 8:37£0.99  Buy MP3 

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I asked for this as a birthday present and I like it.

I don't think Barenboim is interested in finding a "style" for an individual composer (I've never found his Chopin very idiomatic) but what you get from him is razor-sharp chord balance, colour and a strong grasp of architecture. Tempi here are outstandingly good. He takes the music seriously, and if that means taking a bit of the lilt out of it, and not wearing his heart on his sleeve, there are plenty of things here which go much deeper. The big, bold, close, recording sound doesn't belong in the salon of the Schubertiade.

His Bach Well-tempered Klavier ten years ago for Warner is similarly motivated; in his notes, he writes about the importance of harmonic movement and the symphonic element in piano music-perhaps that is reflected in Schubert's move to the four-movement piano sonata.There is a more lyrical and emotional way of playing Schubert; but Barenboim sees this music as not so much expressive of a personal suffering as articulating universal experience. And isn't it the case that great music doesn't dramatise; it transmutes?

Fortunately, there's room for the less subjectively intense (for instance, Kempff, Pollini, Goode, Pires, Perahia, Barenboim) and the white-hot (Argerich, Berezovsky, and many of the younger Russian pianists). I would hate to be without any of them. With the exception of the wonderful Martha Argerich, the majority of pianists seem to take the same route as Barenboim, as they get older; their interpretations become less composer-specific. We shouldn't criticise them for that.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Elpenor TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Aug. 2014
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Unfortunately, Barenboim's Schubert set has not met my expectations. I really wanted to like it, but by and large Barenboim seems to miss a certain inwardness and simplicity of expression that are essential in Schubert.

The great G Major Sonata (D894) is a case in point. The first movement sounds disappointingly prosaic. Barenboim rarely achieves a true pianissimo and plays mostly at a comfortable mezzo-forte. By the exposition repeat, he just sounds as if he's on auto-pilot without making any effort to differentiate anything. The minor key climax sounds rushed, and in general there's a feeling of heaviness about the whole movement, which is strange in Barenboim's comparatively brisk tempo. The slow movement is bland, the Minuet doesn't really dance, and the finale features some really wayward playing. It sounds as if Barenboim is determined not to let the movement achieve any sort of momentum with his mannered rubato and random phrases hammered out for no discernible musical reason. On the whole, this Sonata ends up sounding like second-rate Beethoven.

The early works disappoint too. In this case, I wouldn't be surprised if Barenboim, with his busy schedule, didn't have the time to properly internalise the pieces. They seem to lack ideas of how the music should go besides random rubato here and there and, like in D894, chords and phrases pounded out for no apparent reason. The early A Minor (D537) and the B Major (D575) are especially susceptible to these mannerisms it seems. They just pass by uneventfully and blandly. If we listen to Michael Endres or Alfred Brendel in D575 we're in a different world entirely for example - they unlock the work's playfulness and innovation in a way that Barenboim doesn't.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By alex erdberg on 30 Nov. 2014
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Barenboim brings the originality and freshness of his master interpretation to Schubert's piano sonatas thus turning attention to

these unique personal works some of which are unjustly rarely performed.

This is a performance that brings out the deep and intimate nuances of these treasures without missing the individual spirit of

each movement and sonata.

Excellent...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Michael O'Hanlon on 15 Sept. 2014
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I agree with Elpenor. As I hear it, this is a polished and professional sight-read by an old hand. Schubert's sonatas are less public utterances and more like pensées, personal revelations and keepsakes. Internalisation is all important in this domain. Here, it's in shorter supply than Rare Earths. Consider the development in the first movement of D 784, written at the time when Schubert contracted red spots on his undercarriage. It's one of most terrifying passages in music. Eventually we all behold the Paler Rider; this is Schubert's moment of terror, born of the realisation that he himself has catalysed doom, an event-horizon is at hand and there's no escape from the nothingness. It warrants a visceral response in the very least. Here, how comfortably Barenboim skirts the abyss. Indeed, it's remarkable that an artist of his reputation could so capitulate at this juncture - the French in 1940 put up more of a fight. It's not even a failure of nerve as that implies he's measuring himself against this demonic utterance. And what of the finale of the same sonata? Should it not be a remembrance of things past rather than a quirky rondo of sorts? I don't understand this. Moreover, these faults are characteristic of the wider set where blandness and faux-angst are regnant. Name the keystones - say the developments in the first movements of D 845 or D 960 or the self-contained episode in the finale of D 958: not once does Barenboim bet the house. One has to ask: does this music actually mean anything to him as a homo sapiens?

Compare this set with Kempff, Richter and the best of Brendel (say, the 1987 cycle) and it makes one wonder if Barenboim, lord of domains and master of none, has reached the limits of shunt. Could it be time for another New Year's Eve Concert in Vienna, aglitter with tinsel, bon-bons and streamers aplenty?
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